Theater schools

Rostov-on-Don branch of VGIK

The history of the Rostov-on-Don branch of VGIK dates back to 2011, when, by order of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Rostov-on-Don Technical School of Cinema and Television was reorganized into the Rostov-on-Don branch of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography. S.A. Gerasimov.

At present, the Rostov-on-Don branch of VGIK is the only educational institution of higher, secondary vocational education in the region for the training of professional personnel for the film industry.

Starting in 2017, the branch began to carry out recruitment in the specialty "Acting", specialization "Actor of drama theater and cinema". To date, two releases in this direction have already taken place. Young artists work in theaters, actively act in federal and regional projects.

The educational process in the branch is carried out by highly qualified scientific and pedagogical workers who have state honorary titles and awards.


Russian Institute of Theatrical Art — GITIS

The history of GITIS begins at the end of the XIX century. On October 22, 1878, the famous Russian conductor and pianist P.A. Shostakovsky opened a private music and theater school in Moscow, which then, in 1883, was renamed the Music and Drama School and transferred to the Moscow Philharmonic Society.

In 1918, the school was renamed the Music and Drama Institute, and then in 1919 - the State Institute of Musical Drama (GIMDR) and transferred to the theater and music departments of the People's Commissariat of Education. GIMDR was a higher educational institution that trained musicians, composers, playwrights, opera singers, dramatic actors, directors and theorists; it had three departments: an educational and pedagogical part, a scientific association and a musical drama studio. And in 1937, three main faculties were determined: acting, directing, theater studies.

Now GITIS is the only higher educational institution in Russia where students receive education in all theater specialties and training levels at eight faculties: acting, directing, musical theater, new directions of performing arts, choreography, production, scenography and theater studies.


Moscow Art Theater Studio School

The studio school was opened at the Moscow Art Theater in 1943. The initiator of its creation was Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, one of the founders of the Moscow Art Theater. On March 21 , 1943 , the heads of the Moscow Art Theater met at Vladimir Ivanovich 's apartment: "I invited you to talk about school." The idea he proposed was in essence the testament of the great director and teacher: Nemirovich-Danchenko died on April 25. On April 26, the Council of People's Commissars decided to perpetuate his memory, and in The resolution had a clause on the foundation of the Art Theater of the School-Studio named after him.

The basis of teaching acting at the Studio School has always been and remains the study and comprehension of K.S. Stanislavsky's system, aimed at educating in the artist the keenest sense of "living life" on stage, the truth of organic play and spiritual mastery. In a word, everything that would return us to the original idea of the Art Theater, to the "theater of a living person".  

Today, each Workshop (acting course) at the Moscow Art Theater Studio School has its own special, unique methodology, which is formed from the extensive legacy left by teachers of older generations, and is constantly adapting to the conditions of modern theater. 

A large number of international contacts, theatrical collaborations, interdisciplinary laboratories and participation in the practical life of the actual theater allow the Moscow Art Theater Studio School to remain in the context of all new trends and events of the modern theatrical process.


Bubusara Beishenalieva Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts

The history of the Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts begins in 1967, when the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Kyrgyz SSR No. 482 of 30.08.1967 "On the organization of the Kyrgyz State Institute of Arts" was adopted. The activities of a prominent statesman, ex-Minister of Culture of the Republic Kuluipa Konduchalova, played an important role in the opening and establishment of the Institute of Arts. Since 1974, the educational institution has been named after the outstanding Kyrgyz ballerina, People's Artist of the USSR B. Beishenalieva. The Bubusara Beishenalieva Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts is the first musical and creative educational institution in the republic, and has become a leading center for training highly qualified and versatile educated specialists for cultural and art institutions of the republic. The Bubusara Beishenalieva Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Art was transformed by the Decree of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic dated August 28, 2013, No. 470 "On the transformation of the Bubusara Beishenalieva Kyrgyz State Institute of Arts into the Bubusara Beishenalieva Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Art»


The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute

The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute (The Vakhtangov Theatre School) has existed for 108 years.

All members of the teaching staff are graduates of the Institute. This helps to pass on Evgeny Vakhtangov's precepts and teaching principles from one generation to another. The Institute's teaching staff has received wide recognition at home and worldwide. The Vakhtangov School is not simply a theatre institute but is also the bearer and keeper of a theater culture, its best achievements and customs. The Institute's graduates teach acting in a large number of theatre schools throughout Russia. The professors of the Institute often conduct workshops and master-classes in big and small theatrical centers of Russia and abroad. Today the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute maintains its reputation as the School, where the elite of Russian stage and film study.


Higher Theater School (Institute) named after M. S. Shchepkin

The Shchepkin Higher Theater School (Institute) at the State Academic Maly Theater of Russia is the oldest theater school in Moscow. The history of its creation dates back to the Moscow Imperial Theater School, officially established by Emperor Alexander I on December 28, 1809. 

The school became famous for the names of great theater teachers — M. S. Shchepkin, A. P. Lensky, V. N. Pashennaya, P. Ya. Sudakov, K. A. Zubov, V. I. Tsygankov, L. I. Deikun, L. A. Volkov, M. I. Tsarev, M. O. Knebel, A. D. Wild, N. N. Afonin, V. P. Seleznev.

The school is famous for its methodology of work in the training of national personnel. Since the first set of 1950 Yakut studio, today the School has produced more than 50 national studios. The school is a forge of national cadres for the CIS, its authoritative, reliable partner in the development of national theatrical art.

The rector of the college is Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor B. N. Lyubimov.

The School constantly carries out international relations with theater schools and universities of foreign countries. In recent years, teachers have conducted master classes and staged performances with foreign students in Germany, Korea, Japan, America, France.


Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema (YSITC)

Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography (YSITC) was founded in 1944, currently there’re 3 faculties: Faculty of Theatre, Faculty of Film, TV and Animation and the Faculty of History, Theory and Management of Arts. YSITC is one of Armenia`s top training institutions in the fields of Stage and Screen Arts. The mission of YSITC is to provide higher education in the performing arts in all levels. 795 students study at the Institute and 3 branches in other cities of Armenia.

YSITC has international cooperation with different HEIs and international centers worldwide. The teaching staff members and students actively participate in international festivals and contests.


The All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK)

The All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK) is a federal state educational budgetary institution of higher and postgraduate professional education of the Russian Federation.  It was founded on September 1, 1919 in Moscow. It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

The Institute trains creative specialists in the field of cinematography, television, video and other screen arts. The VGIK postgraduate school trains specialists for scientific and pedagogical activities.

Since 2004, VGIK has also been implementing secondary vocational education programs. .

In 2013, the Institute was classified as a particularly valuable object of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation and included in the State Code of Especially Valuable objects of Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of the Russian Federation


Shanghai theatre academy

Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a prestigious art university for performing art talents in China. It was formerly the Shanghai Municipal Experimental Theatre School, which was established on December 1st, 1945. In 1956 the school was officially renamed Shanghai Theatre Academy. In 2002, STA became a comprehensive art university with the disciplines of theatre, traditional Chinese opera, dance, film & TV, and the education spectrum covered vocational secondary school, bachelor, master and doctor programs.

The Huashan Campus is the theatre arts education centre. The Lianhua Campus is the traditional Chinese opera education centre; the Hongqiao Campus is the international dance education centre; the Changlin Campus is the film, TV and new media education centre. In STA there are 10 educational units, including the Acting Department, Directing Department, Dramatic Literature Department, Stage Design Department, College of Chinese Opera, College of Dance, College of Film, College of Creative Studies, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, and the College of Continuing Education. Besides, there are two vocational secondary schools affiliated to STA - the Chinese Opera School and the Dance School.

STA has cultivated thousands of artists and culture managers in various professional fields for the country, and many graduates have become leading experts and professionals with national and international reputation in the fields of theatre, film & TV, dance and fine arts. They have won numerous grand awards and enjoyed high reputation and influence at home and abroad.