The group was founded by students of Yury Sobolev at RSIPA and interns of “International Workshop for Theater and Animation “Interstu- dio” (School if Yury Sobolev).
Group members (1996-2003): Konstantin Adzher (Konstantin Kuznetsov), Nil Bakhurov, Vladimir Bystrov, Dmitry Goncharov-Deryagin (Dmitry Deryagin), Vyacheslav Zubkov, Natalya Zubovich, Timofey Kostin, Galina Ledentsova (Galina Metelichenko), Evgenia Loginova, Liza Morozova (Elizaveta Morozova), Sergey Nikokoshev, Tima Teshu (Fatima Tesheva), Tatyana Podvigina, Maria Shmidt, Svetlana Shcherbinina-Laer (Svetlana Shcherbinina).
The group “Zapasnoy Vykhod” arose in the mid-1990s as a joint project of teachers and students at the Tsarskoe Selo branch of the Saint Petersburg State Academy of Theater Art. The branch was a phenomenon, because it was the first time that a state educational institution in Russia had offered students a course in the “art of paratheatrical forms”. Essentially, this was the first school of contemporary art in the country. Yury Sobolev, a legendary figure in the Moscow art scene of the 1960s-1980s, was the initiator of the new school, and the teacher of the course.