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.


Monologues. Shapiro

May 25 - 29, 2020

The actors could apply for 4 - 5 days workshop under direction of Adolf Shapiro. Two monologues - female and male - will be rehearsed and presented online in the last day of the workshop.

Theatrical educational practices in isolation time/ broadcasting

May 21, 2020 12:00

The best theatrical educational practices developed in isolation time will be introduced by the independent theatres for children and youth.

Theatre and new reality. Proposed circumstances/Online conference

May 19, 2020

Russian Theatre Union initiates discussion on the relevant problems of the theatre today. What are the views of the theatre directors? How should we exit from the quarantine? What are the state support we could count on? How the theatre life will change? All those questions will be rised for discussion during online conference.

Theater and school: management challenges and creative solutions / Online meeting

May 14, 2020 12:00

Online meeting "Theater and school: management challenges and creative solutions" will explore interaction of theaters and schools during quarantine.

Opera direction / Anti-crisis dialogues

May 15, 2020 14:30

Online debates of young opera directors is an attempt to analyze and exchange on how the most expensive theater genre can go through the crisis.

Storytelling / Open call

May 20 - 28, 2020

Russian Theatre Union announce open call for storytelling courses under direction of Sergey Shedrin and Ilya Barabanov (Moscow Art Theatre School). The course is free of charge and will introduce the methodology of making performance in genre of storytelling.

#Today Theatre at Home. Online project of RFTU

April - May, 2020

Theatre Union of the Russian Federation launch a project #Theatre at home that will introduce online seminars, master classes and live streaming of the performances to the large audience.

HELLO - theatre over the phone

April - May, 2020

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.

Opera today: innovations and experiments

May 6-10, 2020

Education project "Opera today: innovations and experiments" - will explore new forms, spaces and trends in genre of opera.


Online workshop of Dmitry Belov

June 1 - 2, 2020

Online workshop of Dmitry Belov for actors and students of theatre Universities "ARIA - NOT ONLY MUSIC? Technology of expressive singing in musical.

Monologues. Marchelli

May 30 - June 3, 2020

The actors could apply for 4 - 5 days workshop under direction of Evgeny Marchelli. Two monologues - female and male - will be rehearsed and presented online in the last day of the workshop.

Nationwide seminar for playwrights

June 2020

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.



August 5-15, 2021

World Stage Design Exhibition is a feast for all of the senses and celebrates the very best in global performance design. An international panel of judges will be appointed to select at least 100 stage designs to be exhibited at WSD2021.


Laboratory 40+

August 31 - September 20, 2020

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.

ARTMIGRATION, Forum and Festival

September 14-20, 2020

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.

International Youth Residency of Russian Center of UNIMA

September 2020

The residency for young puppeteers of Russia and neighboring countries is to be held in the frames of the XIII International Festival of Puppet Theaters "Anthill". The purpose of the residence is to erase linguistic and political barriers through a common passion - puppet theater, the residency is focused on exchange of experience and information, and strengthening creative contacts between young puppeteers from different countries.

Harlequin, National Award and Festival of Theatre Art for Children

September 2020

Russian Theatre Union established the Russian National Award in TYA (Theatre for young audience). Every year laureate of the Festival "Harlequin" in nomination "The best performance" is awarded with a grant for new production. The Festival program also includes the workshop for the directors working in TYA.


SOLO, International Theatre Festival of Solo Performances

October 2020

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.

The festival and workshop of TYA theatres "The wheel"

October 15-19, 2020

The Festival and workshop of theatres working for young audience "The wheel" takes place in different theatres of Russia with a major purpose to explore its repertoire and discuss the trends and challenges in the TYA theatres.

Tbilisi Biennale of set design

October 18 - 25, 2020

The Tbilisi Biennale includes an exhibition of scenographers, an educational program and an open forum dedicated to set design.


Seminar Marketing ART

October - November, 2020

Seminar Marketing ART - grants and subsidies. The seminar covers the topics: project management, grants and opportunities, tips for filling out applications and providing financial reports, negotiations with foundations and cultural institutions, principles of cultural diplomacy and advices on practical cases.

Festival "Artmigration for kids"

November 2020

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.

Dmitry Bertman's workshop for vocal artists

November 2020

Dmitry Bertman is one of the Russian leading opera directors. His workshop will address the following topics: - Training on voice, diction, breath - Practical exercises on vocal texts. - Coordination of vocal skills - Work on character building and the relationship between music and text - Musical phrase in the context of the piece.

Seminars for young theatre critics and journalists

April, October, November 2020

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.

Seminars for Young Theatre Critics

April, October, November 2020

The main aim of the seminars is to advance professional level of young critics and journalists who write about theatre, to develop their analytical skills and expand their knowledge of Russian theatre scene. Seminars are led by Irina Kholmogorova and Grigoriy Zaslavskiy.

Theatre Art Biennale

October - November 2020

Theatre Art Biennale under the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation will present extensive exhibition and educational program in A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum of Moscow.


Grant for independent theatre groups

April 1 - December 1, 2020

The grant is aimed to support the creation of new theater productions in various genres in Russia. The applications are received from independent non-profit and non-governmental professional theatre groups, as well as individual entrepreneurs working in art.

Scholarships of the RF Government

March 1 - December 30, 2020

Scholarships of the Government of the Russian Federation for young specialists working in Art and Culture in the regions of Russia excluding Moscow and St.Petersburg. The applications are received from young (up to 35 years old) artists and managers working in regional cultural and art institutions or invited to work in regional cultural and art institutions, and who are the citizens of the Russian Federation.

General Assembly of Russian Center of ASSITEJ

December 2020

The agenda of the General Assembly of Russian Center of ASSITEJ includes: report on activities of the Center in 2020, programs of ASSITEJ International for 2020-2021, work of the Congress, General Assembly and ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering, workshops and festivals opened for participation in 2021.

The Young Set Designers Exhibition KLIN 14

November-December 2020

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”.


International Theatre Kingfestival

April 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.

Other Projects

Travel grants for theatre artists


Every year Russian Theatre Union awards more than 100 travel grants to Russian theatre professionals from different parts of Russia to attend professional theatre events in the country including The RTU Summer Theatre School, The Golden Mask, The Baltic House, The Harlequin, ArtMigration festivals and other theatre events in Russia.

Workshop under direction of Aleksandr Kuzin

Autumn 2020

Workshop for young artists working in theaters for children and youth under the direction of Professor Alexander Kuzin. Theme of the laboratory is how to work with poetic drama.

«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.