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.

Other Projects

ART-BAGGAGE Travel Grants program

01.09.2022 - 15.12.2022

The program is designed to stimulate international cooperation and artistic mobility. Grants cover travel expenses for individual theatre professionals taking part in professional theatre events abroad: conferences, trainings, festivals and residencies.

Light + Audio Tec

20.09.2022 - 22.09.2022

Theatre Union of RF and Messe Frankfurt RUS exhibition company invite specialists in performing arts to take part in the VIII Theatre Forum, which will be held between September 20 and 22, 2022 at the Expocentre (Moscow) as part of the international exhibition of stage and studio equipment, installations, and multimedia technologies. The purpose of the forum is to create a single platform for business, education, experience and an open dialogue between performing art sector and manufacturers, distributors of equipment, technologies and materials.

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".

Workshop "Poetry of the element"

31.07.2022 - 08.08.2022

The Buryat puppet theater "Ulger" and TYA department of Theatre Union of RF will hold the Baikal theatrical workshop for puppeters and theatre directors "Poetry of the element" conducted by Boris Konstantinov.

Workshop 40+

05.09.2022 - 19.09.2022

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 program of the workshop includes: master classes and trainings based on well-known acting techniques, and rehearsals of the performance.

Workshop under the direction of Alexander Stavissky


Workshop is designed for young puppet theater actors from all regions of Russia. The theme of the laboratory: "Working with a marionette."

«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.