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.


Rehearsals of the New Year / Paper theatre

June 11 - 20, 2021

The department of the TYA of the Theatre Union of RF and Russian center of UNIMA will hold the workshop "Rehearsals of the New Year / Paper theatre". The workshop is designed for the puppeteers and aimed to develop new approach to the productions of the New year performances.

Seminar for PR mamagers of musical theatres

June 22 - 24, 2021

Between June 22 and 24 the department of the musical theatre of the Theatre Union of RF will hold the Seminar for PR managers, press-secretaries, heads of the literary services of the opera and ballet theaters, musical theaters and operetta theaters.

XIV International Summer Theatre School

June, 1- 29, 2021

For a period of one month young professional theatre actors from Russia and abroad will take classes on all professional disciplines (i.e. acting, voice, movement, etc.) and rehearse a performance with one of the four leading Russian theatre directors. Working language is Russian. Deadline for applications is March 1.

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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.

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.