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 >

To learn more about RF Theater Union view RFTU WEBSITE IN RUSSIAN or in automatic translation into EN, FR, ES

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.


PLAY / video recording of performances

October - December, 2020

In 2020 high-quality video recording and broadcasting of performances became crucial for every theatre. Newly designed by the Russian Theatre Union program PLAY offers theatres from any region of Russia possibility of making high quality video recording or live streaming of one performance by the group of experts pwho in addition to that could hold a master class with the staff of the video department of the theater.

ART Residency in Shelykovo

October 1 - December 20, 2020

Russian Theatre Union announces open call for participation in the first Art Residency in Shelykovo, the place were lived and worked Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky. The project aims to create a new space for professional development and artistic cooperation as well as continuation of the traditions of A.N. Ostrovsky. The residenc—É is opened for individuals and groups. Both state, municipal and independent professional groups could apply.

Workshop under direction of Dmitry Krymov

November 2020

Workshop for theatre directors under direction of Dmitry Krymov is scheduled for the second half of November 2020 and will be held in Moscow. Theatre directors form different cities of Russia suck as Krasnodar, Penza, Khabarovsk, Yaroslavl, Moscow, St.Petersburg and others will take part in the Workshop.

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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:
Travel grants for theatre artists

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.