Theatre Union of the Russian Federation (RFTU) is a non-governmental organization that aims to promote development of performing arts in Russia, to facilitate professional exchange on national and international levels and to provide hands-on support to theatre makers. RFTU unites nearly 25.000 theatre professionals and acts as the umbrella organization for 75 local branches in different regions of Russia with main office in Moscow. READ MORE >
Throughout the year RFTU organises and co-organises up to 100 professional events, festivals, conferences, exhibitions of theatre set and costume design, seminars, workshops and master classes given by leading professionals with different partners in Russia and abroad.
In the course of 2019 Russian Theatre Union will organise eight Theatre Forums, one in every region of the Russian Federation, with a common title "Russian Theatre in the XXI Century. New Perspective". Every Forum will gather over 200 theatre practitioners with the aim to work out common grounds, foster artistic creation, inspire and support young theatre artists, offer training opportunities, facilitate artistic collaboration and networking.
The third inclusive residence of the RF Theatre Union is held at Komarovo Recreation and Creativity House. The participants of the Alma Mater Foundation’s project Apartment. Talks (artistic director Boris Pavlovich, creative producer Nika Parkhomovskaya) are actors with mental disabilities and a professional creative group, nominees for the Golden Mask Award in the Experiment category, came here to continue a series of artistic trainings in acting, music and physical theatre. The theme of this year is “Dialogues”. READ MORE >
From November 27 to December 1, 2019, you are welcome to join our Caravan to Yekaterinburg – the cultural hub of the Ural region, a less known area of Russia. Yekaterinburg is often referred to as the "third capital" of Russia (after Moscow and St. Petersburg) - vast, rapidly developing and rich in all kinds of resources, a city of cultural challenges and the country’s source of creative talents. Interested? Send in your application before 13 September. Both IETM members and non-members are welcome to apply. READ MORE >
Young directors recently graduated from Moscow theatre schools whose performances are in repertoire of Russian theatres beyond Moscow and Saint Petersburg are the heroes of this Festival. The Forum offers a communication platform for creative youth of different performing arts disciplines and also an opportunity to participate in seminars, presentations, discussions, and showcases. Professionals aged under 35 from other cities can apply for accommodation coverage in Moscow.
RFTU has several funding programs to support productions by independent theatre groups and projects related to the theatre for young audience; gives scholarships to artists and theatre makers for research and professional development through seminars and trainings; promotes artistic mobility through travel grants for participation in international performing arts festivals.
See further info about our specific grant programs:
ART-BAGGAGE Travel Grants program
Theatre Union Grants to support artistic projects for children and youth - 2019
RFTU promotes international cooperation and exchange of information on national and international level and acts as a partner in international projects. The RFTU is a member of IETM, Enicpa, On-the-Move and hosts Russian centres of international theatre organizations UNIMA, ASSITEJ, OISTAT and AITA.
Boyarskiye Palaty (The Boyar House) is an RFTU venue with 18th century arched ceilings that offers excellent atmosphere for all sorts of theatre events. It gives space to young experimental artists and independent theatre companies, hosts RFTU projects, festivals, theatre designers exhibitions, installations, lectures and workshops.
The RFTU library is one of Russia's most authoritative repositories of literature and archives relating to writings on the perfroming arts. Its stock of books and magazines in more than 30 languages alone amounts to 450 000 pieces.