2019 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.


Ilkhom Theatre from Uzbekistan on Tour in Moscow

5-9 September 2019

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 >

ARTMIGRATION, Forum and Festival

9-15 September, 2019

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.


September 11 - 19, 2019

FEDERATION, the first festival of theatres performing in local languages of the Russian Federation opens in Grozny, The Chechen Republic. The Festival aims to preserve and to develop local theatre cultures and facilitate exchange and collaborations between the peoples of the Russian Federation. The festival will present 14 shows by theatres performing in local ethnic languages. The Festival is organized be the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation with support of the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Chechen Republic Branch of the Theatre Union as part of the Year of the Theater in Russia.READ MORE >

Laboratory 40+

August - September 2019

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 shown at the ARTMIGRATION festival in September 2019.


Nationwide seminar for playwrights

October 2019

Participants of the seminar are the winners of Russian national playwrights competitions and young authors - grantees of the Russian Theatre Union. The programme consists of readings and discussions of new plays.

SOLO, International Theatre Festival of Solo Performances

October 2019

SOLO festival presents the best solo performances from Russia and abroad in Theatre Center "Na Strastnom" - a unique non-commercial platform in Moscow, founded and inspired by the Theatre Union of Russia.

Baltic House, International Theatre Festival

October 2019

The BALTIC HOUSE International Theatre Festival is one of the most significant and prestigious theatre forums in Europe. Organized since 1991, in October. Venues – all scenic areas in the BALTIC HOUSE Theatre-Festival, as well as stages of St. Petersburg theatres. The BALTIC HOUSE Theatre-Festival today is a large-scale forum which presents the most complete picture of European theatre life for professional community and the audiences.



27 November - 01 DECEMBER 2019

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 >


19-23 November, 2019

RFTU Department of theater for children and puppet theater organizes Laboratory for young artists working in theaters for children and youth under the leadership of Professor Alexander Kuzin. Theme of the laboratory is how to work with poetic drama. Actors working in theaters for children and youth in the regions of Russia and aged under 30 are welcome to apply. Participation in the project is free; RFTU covers hotel accommodation.

Artmigration Festival for Children

November 2019

The Festival will introduce 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.

Dmitry Bertman's seminar for young opera directors

November 2019

The main goal of the seminar is to find a natural combination of new technology and Russian opera traditions.

The Young Set Designers Exhibition KLIN 14

November 2019

An annual exhibition of young set designers - students and graduates from Moscow theatre schools who specialize in set design. KLIN is an exhibition of (and for) young art that breaks into the format of “grown-up theatre”.

Seminars for young theatre critics and journalists

April, May, October, November 2019

Seminars are to encrease the professional skills of young critics, stimulate discussions about the problems and trends of theatres in Russia and understanding of the current theatrical process in the country.

Kolyada Plays, International Theatre Festival of contemporary plays .

November 2019

International Theatre Festival of contemporary plays "Kolyada Plays" is held annually in Yekaterinburg (Ural region). The Festival is a showcase of productions of contemporary plays directed in three years prior to the Festival. Discussions of the performances are essential part of the Festival programme.

Other Projects

ART-BAGGAGE Travel Grants program

Before Dec. 15, 2019

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.

Theatre Marathon. Eight Theatre Forums in the Russian Regions


In the course of 2019 Russian Theatre Union will organise eight Theatre Forums, one in every region of the Russian Federation, with a common title "Russian Theatre in the XXI Century. New Perspective". Every Forum will gather over 200 theatre practitioners with the aim to work out common grounds, foster artistic creation, inspire and support young theatre artists, offer training opportunities, facilitate artistic collaboration and networking.

«Start-up» Project

«Start-up» - informational website for young and emerging theatre professionals who want to know about and apply for projects and support programs of the Russian Theatre Union.

Artistic Workshops

All year round Russian Theatre Union organises workshops for theatre practitioners of all disciplines (directors, actors, designers, etc.) across Russia to foster professional development, networking and exchange. All the workshops are led by outstanding Russian artists and leading theatre trainers.

Catalogue for Musical Theatres

Theatre Union‘s web project is dedicated to smooth over the repertory problems in Russian musical theatres: the catalogue includes information on musicals compositions, just produced or performed.

Catalogue of the contemporary foreign plays

Digital catalogue - the plays are arranged by the playwrights, enterpreters, genres, language. List of the new publications is also available.

Digital Theatre Words

Digital Theatre Words (DTW) is a global project undertaken by International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT), the goal of the project is to compile an Internet dictionary addressed to all theatre professionals: set designers, stage architects, managers, costume designers, light designers, sound specialists, technicians, etc. The Russian-English version worked out by the Russian OISTAT Centre is available online at www.rtlb.ru/en/dtw/

RTU Publishing

Russian Theatre Union is a founder and publisher of several theatre magazines: THEATRE, THE OTHER SHORES, STRASTNOY BULEVARD, 10, THE STAGE. Selected publications or electronic copies of the magazines are available on their websites.

Teatr (The Theatre) Magazine

THE THEATRE (TEATR), the oldest of the existing Russian theatre magazines, is currently edited by Marina Davydova. There are three main sections of the magazine: On Stage (to represent all genres of theatre history including the genre of detailed review); Off Stage (to cover all kinds of the sociological aspects of drama that meet broad public response) and Beyond the Stage (to highlight the events from the standpoint of theatrical culturology). Above all the magazine has the section called Yellow Pages that carries all sorts of curious statistics, infograms and the results of various polls.

Theatre Union Grants to support artistic projects for children and youth - 2019

As part of the State Program to support Theatre for Children and Youth Russian Theatre Union annually awards grants for artistic projects aiming to facilitate development of the TYA (i.e.festivals, workshops, publishing of the specialised books and others).

The Boyar House

A Russian Theatre Union (RTU) venue with 18th century arched ceilings offers excellent atmosphere for all sorts of theatre events. It gives space to young experimental artists and independent theatre companies, hosts RTU projects, festivals, theatre designers exhibitions, installations, lectures and workshops.