Nationwide professional society in theperforming arts

About us

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 >

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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.


Theatre director's workshop in the Zhambyl russian drama theater


Center of the Russian theatre abroad will hold the theatre director's workshop in Zhambyl regional russian drama theater (Taraz city, Republic of Kazakhstan). The directors with the artists of the Zhambyl theater will create three works in progress based on the literature of Anton Chekhov, Alexandr Griboyedov and Ivan Turgenev. In 2023, the Center will support the creation of a performance based on one of the sketches chosen by the theatre direction.

Workshop "Action"

12.09.2022 - 18.09.2022

Workshop for actors and directors of the drama and physical theatre "Action. The method of practice and analysis of action as a proto-unit of art and everyday life" under the direction of Alexandra Konnikova and Alberts Alberts. Artists will learn how to generate and analyze the artistic process in the format of contemporary art, they will be invited to practice and observe different expressive instruments - speech, sound, dance, movement, everyday actions, and installation through understanding of the nature of action.

Workshop "Perception"

12.09.2022 - 18.09.2022

Workshop "Perception" is designed for artists of drama theatre . Training on acting will be based on the techniques of Mikhail Chekhov, Vyacheslav Kokorin and Nikolai Demidov. The main principle is to shift the emphasis from "action" to "perception".

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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.

See further info about our specific grant programs:
ART-BAGGAGE Travel Grants program

International Cooperation

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.

Theatre Magazines


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.