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 >

To learn more about RF Theater Union view RFTU WEBSITE IN RUSSIAN or in automatic translation into EN, FR, ES

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.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING

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.

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.

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Grants

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:
Travel grants for theatre artists

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

Venue

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.

Library

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.