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.


Results of the Season No.56, Annual Exhibition of Moscow Stage Design

Spring-summer 2020

Around 100 set designers, both renowned and emerging, will showcase their designs – models, sketches, costumes, puppets, installations – from premiers of the previous theatre season in theatres of Moscow, other Russian cities, and abroad.

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”.


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.

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.


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.

Information Resources

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

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.

«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.

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.

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.


XIV International Summer Theatre School

June, 1- 29, 2020

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.

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.


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.


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.

Workshop on shadow puppetry under direction of Victor Platonov

June, 2020

Workshop on shadow puppets led by designer of Moscow Theatre "Shadow" - Viktor Platonov. The workshop includes theoretical classes, meetings with puppet theatre designers, artists, sculptors, visiting museum and theater collections, watching performances of Moscow puppet theatres.

Lev Dodin Workshop for Theatre Directors

April 2020

Participants are offered an opportunity to attend rehearsals of the Master, during which he shares his best practices, discoveries, and author’s approach. The workshop program also includes visits to best performances of St. Petersburg theaters. Working language is Russian. Professional education in theatre directing is a must. Participation is free of charge. Russian Theatre Union also provides accommodation in St. Petersburg for duration of the workshop. Deadline for applications is October 21, 2019.


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.

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.

Authors’ Stage, National Playwrights Seminar

June 2020

The seminar is open to young playwrights and new plays. Readings of the plays are directed and performed by young artists and include active audience discussions.

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.

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.

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.

Grant to support theatre festivals

March 23 - December 1, 2020

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.

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.

International Festival of amator theatres "Siberian Ramp"

July 21-31, 2020

The unique festival and workshop is held annually and has two programs: for children's amateur theaters and theaters, where young people and adults play. The program includes master classes for young and professional actors. The topics of studies are defined by acknowledged masters of theatre universities of Moscow as well as directors of amateur theaters.

International Seminar "System of K.Stanislavsky today"

August 7-13, 2020

Practical seminar for actors and directors of amateur theaters. It is focused on methodology of M. Chekhov and system of K. Stanislavsky.

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.

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.

Nowruz, International Theatre Festival of Turkic peoples

June 2020

The Festival programme includes drama, puppet and other traditionals forms of performances of turkic ethnic groups directed within two years prior to the Festival.

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.

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.

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.

School for Theatre Technicians v.7.0

June, 2020

School for theatre technicians, technical directors, light and sound designers. The programme is compiled of practical workshops on light, sound, multimedia technologies given by advanced Russian and international practitioners. The school is organised in partnership with companies specialised in modern theatre technologies and leading Moscow theatres.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Travel grant for theatre professionals

April 15 - July 15, 2020

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.


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.

Workshop and exhibition of Russian theater artists under the direction of S. Benediktov

May, 2020

The program of the workshop and exhibition includes: creation of an express exhibition and its discussion, video shows, work on open air, disputes, performances and improvisations.

Workshop for Children’s and Youth Theatre Directors under direction of Adolf Shapiro

June, 2020

What is the Stanislavski system? Is it universal? Or is it just a specific (Russian) method of working with classical drama? Can Stanislavski be a key to Shakespeare, Pushkin, Beckett..? Or is it applicable only to Ibsen, Turgenev or Gorky? These questions will be in the focus of the workshop participants.

Workshop for choreographers under direction of Aleksey Yishuk

June 2020

Workshop participants have a unique opportunity to participate in the creation of a contemporary dance performance as choreographers and performers. The participants are selected by applications received.

Workshop for theatre directors under direction of Rimas Tuminas

April 2020

During the workshop theatre directors learn the methodology of Master through observation of the rehearsals and afterwards discussions

Workshop for young pappeters under direction of Yana Tumina

May 25-31, 2020

The workshop for young directors and artists working in puppet theatres.

XIV International Festival of modern drama Kolyada-Plays – 2020

June 20-30, 2020

The program of the Festival consists of the performances and their public discussion carried out by the theatre critics. The performances are based on plays by Nikolay Kolyada, his students, graduates and playwrights who became the winners of the International contest of playwrights "Eurasia".

Your Chance, International Festival of Student Theatres

Autumn 2020

The best productions performed by students from Russian and European theatre schools will be presented in theatre center "Na Strastnom' - a unique non-commercial platform in Moscow, founded and inspired by the Theatre Union of Russia.