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 Russian-French creative workshop "Imaginary Future" invites Russian and French theater professionals, representatives of related professions, as well as specialists in the field of computer graphics and IT technologies to explore the hybrid art forms that connect the "physical" and "digital" worlds, together to create sketches of theatre projects-utopias that go beyond the classical theater for young audience and use new technologies, including digital ones.
Theatre Union of the Russian Federation is launching a new program of cooperation developed for the theaters in which artistic directors hold their positions less than three years. Within the program theatres will be offered a personal plan of participation in the list of the projects of the Russian Theatre Union in 2021.
Theater critics visit theatres in the regions of Russia during the period from March 15 to December 15, 2021.
The Workshop for theatre directors under direction of Jury Butusov will be held between October 1 and 9 in Sochi. Theatre directors from different cities of Russia will take part in the Workshop.
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.
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.