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Russian Theatre Union Projects & Events

Published 30.03.2020

Take a note of all the projects and events that are planned by Russian Theatre Union for 2020.
Many of these projects are open to participation and we encourage that you contact the organizers directly for details.

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Note that the calendar carries events with set dates only.

International Theatre Kingfestival

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.

When: April 2021
Where: Velikiy Novgorod
Contact: www.kingfestival.ru

Lev Dodin Workshop for Theatre Directors

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.

When: April 2020
Where: St. Petersburg
Contact: dramnac@mail.ru

Workshop for theatre directors under direction of Rimas Tuminas

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

When: April 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: dramnac@mail.ru

Opera today: innovations and experiments

Education project "Opera today: innovations and experiments" - will explore new forms, spaces and trends in genre of opera.

When: May 6-10, 2020
Where: Krasnoyarsk (Russia)

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

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.

When: May, 2020
Where: Yalta (Crimea)

Workshop for young pappeters under direction of Yana Tumina

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

When: May 25-31, 2020
Where: St. Petersburg (Russia)

Authors’ Stage, National Playwrights Seminar

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.

When: June 2020
Where: Tambov (Russia)
Contact: dramaturg@stdrf.ru, stdrf-novikova@mail.ru

Nationwide seminar for playwrights

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.

When: June 2020
Where: Tambov
Contact: dramaturg@stdrf.ru, stdrf-novikova@mail.ru

Nowruz, International Theatre Festival of Turkic peoples

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

When: June 2020
Where: Kazan
Contact: kamalteatr@mail.ru, teatrilfir@gmail.com, nyjaz@ya.ru

School for Theatre Technicians v.7.0

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.

When: June, 2020
Where: Moscow (Theatre Center "Na Strastnom")
Contact: praktikumptu@gmail.com

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

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.

When: June, 2020
Where: Will be specified later
Contact: idrtlb@gmail.com

Workshop for choreographers under direction of Aleksey Yishuk

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.

When: June 2020
Where: Moscow (Russia)
Contact: korablinaolga@mail.ru

Workshop on shadow puppetry under direction of Victor Platonov

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.

When: June, 2020
Where: Moscow (Russia)

XIV International Festival of modern drama Kolyada-Plays – 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".

When: June 20-30, 2020
Contact: kolyadatheatre@yandex.ru
Application deadline: 1.4-.202-

XIV International Summer Theatre School

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.

When: June, 1- 29, 2020
Where: Zvenigorod (Moscow Region)
Contact: letostd@gmail.com, www.schoolstd.ru
Application form: http://new.schoolstd.ru/new/
Application deadline: 01.03.2020

International Festival of amator theatres "Siberian Ramp"

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.

When: July 21-31, 2020
Where: Olkhon island (Russia)
Contact: alla_zorina@mail.ru

Travel grant for theatre professionals

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.

When: April 15 - July 15, 2020
Where: Citites of Russia
Contact: grantstdrf@gmail.com, http://stdrf.ru/news/2590/
Application deadline: 20.03.2020

International Seminar "System of K.Stanislavsky today"

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

When: August 7-13, 2020
Where: Jyvaskylya (Finland)
Contact: alla_zorina@mail.ru


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.

When: August 5-15, 2021
Where: Calgary, Canada
Contact: imiz@mail.ru, http://www.oistat.org/Item/list.asp?id=1491
Application deadline: 01.08.2020

ARTMIGRATION, Forum and Festival

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.

When: September 14-20, 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: start-std@mail.ru, www.start-std.ru
Application form: start-std.ru/media/cms_page_media/135/Anketa%20Artmigrazia.doc
Application deadline: 01.03.2020

Harlequin, National Award and Festival of Theatre Art for Children

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.

When: September 2020
Where: St. Petersburg
Contact: www.arlekinspb.ru, , detkuk@stdrf.ru, festival-arlekin@yandex.ru

International Youth Residency of Russian Center of UNIMA

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.

When: September 2020
Where: Ivanovo (Russia)
Contact: rusunima@gmail.com

SOLO, International Theatre Festival of Solo Performances

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.

When: October 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: www.nastrastnom.ru

Tbilisi Biennale of set design

The Tbilisi Biennale includes an exhibition of scenographers, an educational program and an open forum dedicated to set design.

When: October 18 - 25, 2020
Where: Tbilisi (Georgia)
Contact: imirz@mail.ru
Application deadline: 31.05.2020

The festival and workshop of TYA theatres "The wheel"

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.

When: October 15-19, 2020
Where: Vladivostok (Russia)

Dmitry Bertman's workshop for vocal artists

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.

When: November 2020
Contact: korablinaolga@mail.ru

Festival "Artmigration for kids"

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.

When: November 2020
Where: Moscow, Russia
Contact: artmigration.kids@gmail.com

Seminar Marketing ART

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.

When: October - November, 2020
Where: Moscow (Russia)
Contact: idrtlb@gmail.com

Seminars for Young Theatre Critics

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.

When: April, October, November 2020
Where: Moscow, Samara, Vologda, Yaroslavl
Contact: demmak@mail.ru

Seminars for young theatre critics and journalists

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.

When: April, October, November 2020
Where: Moscow, Samara, Vologda
Contact: demmak@mail.ru

Theatre Art Biennale

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.

When: October - November 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: imirz@mail.ru

General Assembly of Russian Center of ASSITEJ

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.

When: December 2020
Where: Sochi (Russia)
Contact: rassitej@gmail.com

Grant for independent theatre groups

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.

When: April 1 - December 1, 2020
Where: Citites of Russia
Contact: grantstdrf@gmail.com, http://stdrf.ru/news/2584/
Application deadline: 24.03.2020

Grant to support theatre festivals

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.

When: March 23 - December 1, 2020
Where: Russian and international festivals
Contact: grantstdrf@gmail.com, http://stdrf.ru/news/2575/
Application deadline: 16.03.2020

Scholarships of the RF Government

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.

When: March 1 - December 30, 2020
Where: Citites of Russia
Contact: regionstdrf@mail.ru
Application deadline: 21.02.2020

The Young Set Designers Exhibition KLIN 14

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”.

When: November-December 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: imirz@mail.ru

«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.

Contact: www.start-std.ru

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.

Contact: http://stdrf.ru/news/1758

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.

Contact: dramaturg@stdrf.ru, www.rtlb.ru/ru/plays/

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 www.rtlb.ru/en/dtw/

Contact: www.rtlb.ru/en/dtw/

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

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.

When: Spring-summer 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: imirz@mail.ru

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.

Contact: www.oteatre.info, www.inieberega.ru, www.strast10.ru, www.the-stage.ru

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.

Contact: festivals@stdrf.ru, www.rtlb.ru/en/festivals/upcoming/

Russian Theatre Life in Brief / Rtlb.ru

Information project and Web portal for performing arts professionals: announcements of international mobility opportunities and information about Russian theatre life for English speaking colleagues.

Contact: idrtlb@gmail.com, www.rtlb.ru

Teatr (The Theatre) Magazine

Contact: www.oteatre.info
New edition of TEATR. Magazine is dedicated to Laboratory as an organisational form in the performing arts, alternative to the repertoire theatre. Laboratories flourished in Russian theatre in post-perestroika years, twenty years later we are experiencing its renaissance. TEATR. is trying to capture the new hopes and disappointments of this process. phpgAesef.jpeg

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.

Contact: www.bpstd.ru, www.stdrf.ru

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.

When: 2020
Contact: region@stdrf.ru

Workshop under direction of Aleksandr Kuzin

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.

When: Autumn 2020
Where: Moscow, Russia

Your Chance, International Festival of Student Theatres

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.

When: Autumn 2020
Where: Moscow
Contact: www.nastrastnom.ru
Application form: http://nastrastnom.ru/projects/tvoj-shans/
Application deadline: 20.01.2020

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