Graduated from Far Eastern Academy of Fine Arts, Vladivostok in 1969 and Higher Directing Courses of Moscow State Institute of Theatre in 1979 (class of prominent Russian directors Efros and Tovstonogov).
Since 1984 Artistic Director of the Gorky Regional Drama Theatre in Vladivostok.
Has directed at different theatres of the Russian Far East and abroad. Several of his shows toured in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as in Japan, China, South Korea and USA, and participated in different theatre festivals, among them the Chekhov’s Theatre Festival, the largest in Russia.
Directed about 50 plays, among them classics “Final Sacrifice” and “A Girl without Dowry” by A. Ostrovsky, “A Month in the Country” by I. Turgenev, “Crime and Punishment” by F. Dostoevsky, “Ivanov” and “Three Sisters” by A. Chekhov, “Flight” and “The Master and Margarita” by M. Bulgakov, “Drayman and the King” by I. Babel, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, Eugine O’Neil’s “Desire under the Elms”, and plays of contemporary playwrights – “Don’t Say Goodbye to the Ones You Love” and “Five Nights” by A. Volodin, “Last Prayer” and “Balakirev the Fool” by G. Gorin, and others.
On his initiative the theater established international relations with creative teams and cultural centers of foreign countries. Contacts with the theaters of the USA, Republic of Korea, China and Japan are developing and strengthening. In 1997, the theater was awarded the title of "academic". Efim Semenovich was one of the organizers of the first international film festival in the Far East Pacific Meridian. From 2003 to 2006 and from 2013 to the present he is festival CEO.
He was awarded with the title of Honorary Citizen of Vladivostok on June 28, 2000.
He has been in the political party "United Russia" since 2005. Member of the Faction of the Party "United Russia"
He was a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky Territory of the sixth convocation, on a non-liberated basis, in the Committee for Social Policy and Protection of Citizens' Rights.
Efim Zvenyatskiy has government awards: Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, 1984, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, 2003, Laureate of the Government of the Russian Federation's Cultural Prize, 2017.