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.
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 >
Ilkhom Theater will present two of its shows in Moscow’s Center for Contemporary Drama and Directing on 5 - 9 September with the support of the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation. Mark Weil's Ilkhom Theater is one of the first non-governmental independent theaters in the former Soviet Union, founded by director Mark Weil in 1976 in Tashkent. In Moscow Ilkhom will show Tsvetaeva. Fedra. and The Dog’s Heart.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.
The program is designed to stimulate international cooperation and artistic mobility. Grants cover travel expenses for individual theatre professionals taking part in professional theatre events abroad: conferences, trainings, festivals and residencies.
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.