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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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.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING

ARTMIGRATION, Forum and Festival

September 13-19, 2021

The performances directed by young theatre directors recently graduated from Moscow and St.Petersburg theatre universities and shown in repertoire of Russian theatres beyond Moscow and Saint Petersburg are in the program 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.

Laboratory 40+

August 28 - September 15, 2021

The project is designed for established actors with over 15 years of professional experience. The workshop gives an opportunity to have professional conversation with colleagues, reflect on their careers and artistic practices and try out new strategies. The workshop will result in the performance about actors. In the course of the lab various known in theatre history methods will be tried out (i.e. Mikhail Chekhov, Nikolay Demidov theatre methods, for instance). The final performance will be presented at the ARTMIGRATION festival in September 2020.

School for Theatre Technicians v.8.0

June 7-22, 2021

School for theatre technicians, technical directors, light and sound designers. The programme is compiled of practical workshops on light, sound, multimedia technologies given by advanced Russian and international practitioners. The school is organised in partnership with companies specialised in modern theatre technologies and leading Moscow theatres.

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Grants

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.

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.

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Venue

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.

Library

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.