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.


Online festival of amateur theatre "PLAY"

March 9 - 19, 2021

All-Russian festival of amateur theatres "PLAY" joined to the International Theatre Day will be held online from March 9 to March 19, 2021. The program of the Festival will be represented by the premiers of 2020.

HELLO - theatre over the phone

March 1 - 31, 2021

Performance is nominated for "Golden Mask" award in nomination "Experiment". Staying at home, you could find yourself in the theater hall and get emotions that are not comparable to online broadcasting. In this case, a theatrical action is dedicated for you only. Both you and the actor are reading a play (written in a form of a dialogue) over the phone. Before the session you will receive the text by e-mail, only your own part which means that any improvisations are possible. And, of course, the intrigue that persists until the end of the play.

Artistic workshops

March 11 - 17, 2021

Between March 11 and 17 the Scenography Commission of the Russian Theatre Union will hold the workshops for costume designers, costume technologists, decorators and props makers under the direction of acknowledged masters and theatre practitioners.

Seminar under direction of Irina Promptova

March 15 - 17, 2021 12:00 - 14:00

Online Seminar for actors and pedagogues of scenic voice "Analyses of the play and role" under direction of candidate of Art, professor Irina Promptova.


Travel grant for theatre practitioners / within Russian regional program

April 12 - June 13, 2021

Travel grant for theatre professionals to hold educational projects in theatres in different cities of Russia (excluding Moscow and St. Petersburg). The project is aimed to provide support to the Russian theatres in inviting theatre experts to hold educational projects of different kind. Grant stimulates exchange of experience, professional development and maintenance of professional contacts.


May 29 - June 6, 2021

Workshop of physical theater and performance "DialogLab" under the direction of choreographers Ivan Estegneev and Anna Abalikhina (Moscow). The workshop is aimed at finding a synthesis between dance and non-verbal theater in the current theatrical landscape. The applications for participation in the workshop are accepted by March 14, 2021.

Author's Stage 2021

June 1 - 10, 2021

All-Russian seminar of playwrights "Author's stage-2021". The plays are selected on competitive basis and are to be sent until April 15, 2021.


Grant to support theatre festivals

March 20 - July 31, 2021

The grant is given to support: -conducting of regional, national and international professional theatre festivals and showcases; -participation of a professional theatre group in international or Russian theater festival/showcase or performing arts fair.

Grant to support the educational projects

March 25 - July 31, 2021

Grant to support theatres to organize and held educational project of different kind - forums, seminars, workshops and others in both online and offline formats.


International Theatre Kingfestival

October 15 - 19, 2021

The Festival's focus is on myth as the unique genre of the world’s literature and transformation of mythology in national epos, fantastic stories, fantasies, fairy-tales. The Festival presents contemporary performing arts productions from Russia and Europe in two separate programs: for children and youth and for adults aiming to reveal new ways of bringing fantastic stories on stage in drama theatre and contemporary dance, puppet theatre, non-verbal and visual theatre.


Festival "Artmigration for kids"

November 2-8, 2021

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.


Critics visit theatres in regions of Russia

March 15 - December 15, 2021

Theater critics visit theatres in the regions of Russia during the period from March 15 to December 15, 2021.

Other Projects

«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.

Catalogue of musical compositions

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

Online lectures and seminars with theater critics / Open call

Russian Theatre Union encourage regional theatres to apply for online lectures and seminars with theater critics. Participation in this project will allow regional theaters to get an expert contribution to their creative process including direction of the play.

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.

Russian Theatre Festivals Guide

Published electronically, the Guide comprises information about some 250 regular performing arts festivals in Russia, arranged by genre, host city, and application policy.

Russian Theatre Life in Brief /

Information project and Web portal for performing arts professionals: announcements of international mobility opportunities and information about Russian theatre life for English speaking colleagues.

Theatre vs Covid / New theatrical forms in time of isolation

How theatre reacts to the new challanges of time? What forms it developed to adapt to new reality? We developed the list of the most interesting examples of how the art react during isolation time.

Theatre vs Covis /#thankstodoctors

List of theatre activities to express support and gratefulness to the doctors.

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.

Today Theatre at Home / Discover Shakespeare

A selection of free online courses from leading universities and educational platform dedicated to the heritage of William Shakespeare.