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Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (RATI-GITIS)

Published January 2006

6, Maly Kislovsky pereulok, Moscow 103888, Russia
Phone: +7(495)2900411, +7(495)2900597
Fax: +7(495)2022753
E-mail: international@gitis.net

The Academy’s history dates back to late 19th century and are connected to the School of Music opened in Moscow in 1878 under the aegis of the Society of Lovers of Music and Drama. In the 1920s the school was accorded the status of a state educational institution under the name of the State Institute of Musical Drama. In September, 1922 the institute became part of the Higher Theatrical Workshops under Vsevolod Meyerhold, which now was known as the State Institute of Theatrical Arts (GITIS). The idea of its founders was that GITIS had to be an umbrella institution for tutorship in three main forms of theatrical arts, including drama, opera and choreography. In 1991 GITIS was given the name of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. Nowadays it is one of Russia’s major theatrical educational institutions, with 1,500 students and post-graduates from Russia and other countries studying there annually. The Academy holds Podium, the International festival of theatre schools on a biannual basis (with the latest event taking place in 2005).

There are 8 theatre specialization departments: Acting; Musical Theatre directing; Ballet-Master faculty; Variety Theatre; Theatre Management and Production; Set design; Theatre history and Criticism.

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