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.
The Deadline for applications for IETM Caravan Yekaterinburg is extended. Send in your application before 11 October. Both IETM members and non-members are welcome to apply. 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.READ MORE >
The Festival introduces the best performances for children and youth directed by the young theatre directors who have recently graduated from Moscow theatre schools and work in regional Russian theatres. This year the Festival will present seven productions from Nyagan Theatre for Young Audience, Chelyabinsk Youth Theatre, Nutcracker Ballet Theatre from Yekaterinburg, Kirov Puppet Theatre, ArtReprisa Theatre-Cabaret from Vologda, Novosibirsk First Theatre. Special programme of ArtMigration. Kids -2019 features …And His Name Was Domino directed by extraordinary Yana Tumina in Ulger Puppet Theatre, Republic of Buryatia.
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 >
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.