Nationwide professional society in theperforming arts

About us

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 >

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2019 Programs & Projects

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.


Dmitry Bertman's workshop for vocal artists

21 - 23 November 2019

Dmitry Bertman is one of the Russian leading opera directors. His workshop will address the following topics: - Training on voice, diction, breath - Practical exercises on vocal texts. - Coordination of vocal skills - Work on character building and the relationship between music and text - Musical phrase in the context of the piece.


29 November - 8 December, 2019

November 29 - December 8, 2019 the RFTU Department for children and puppet theatres organisers laboratory on shadow puppets. Laboratory will be led by designer Viktor Platonov in the famous Moscow Ten’ (Shadow) Theatre. The laboratory will comprise theoretical classes, meetings with puppet theatre designers, artists, sculptors, museum and theater collections, visits to performances of Moscow puppet theatres. Russian Theatre Union covers accommodation in Moscow for lab participants. Application deadline: November 1, 2019.

THEATRE 2.1. Vakhtangov festival for theatre managers

5 - 9 December, 2019

Brand new initiative - Vakhtangov festival for theatre managers: Theater 2.1. – will be held in Moscow on December 5 - 9 as part of the RFTU Theatre Forum for Central Region of Russia. The festival will be held at various venues in Moscow: Vakhtangov Theatre, Skolkovo Innovation Centre, GUM and the Bolshoi Theatre. Within the framework of the festival, in addition to the main training sessions, the Vakhtangov Prize in the field of theatre organization for young professionals will be awarded for the first time. The festival is organised by Kirill Krok, managing director of the Vakhtangov Theatre and a young team of producers. READ MORE >

View full list of RTFU programmers for 2019


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

International Cooperation

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.

Theatre Magazines


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.