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GITIS auditions in Kazakhstan

January 23, 2024

GITIS launches auditions in the Republic of Kazakhstan the upcoming spring as our school deepens ties with the country.

14 performances will be shown at the III International Student Festival of graduation performances “GITIS fest”

November 21, 2023

The festival will showcase 14 performances from various theater schools and theaters in cities such as Belgorod, Belgrade (Serbia), Vladivostok, Zarechny, Kazan, Moscow, New Delhi (India), St. Petersburg, Shanghai (China), and Yaroslavl. The festival aims to serve as a platform for dialogue and collaboration between major Russian and international theater schools.

The Russian Theater School has started in Kazakhstan

September 19, 2023

Representatives from 11 countries gathered on the shores of Lake Zerenda to immerse themselves in a ten-day training program under the guidance of the best instructors from the GITIS and leading creative universities in Kazakhstan

Stanislavsky and musical theatre

April 25, 2023

International conference dedicated to the 160th anniversary of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s birth as part of the strategic academic leadership program “Priority-2030”


March 12, 2020

All the international festivals at GITIS are postponed

Stanislavsky’s Method Lives On

April 22, 2019

The Moscow Times visited GITIS and The Boris Shchukin Theater Institute to learn more about the method of the world-renowned director.

Check out our new booklet!

December 19, 2018

GITIS presents its new English booklet that contains all necessary information about institute, its traditions and unique study programs.

GITIS joined Forbes Universities ranking

June 29, 2018

Forbes magazine compiled the first ranking of Russian universities in order to assess the quality of Russian education and to find out which universities graduate young people with entrepreneurial streak, and even those who can later join the Forbes list or become a part of the Russian political elite.

GITIS International Students Give Interview

January 23, 2018

Russian Information Agency — RIA Novosti — took an interview from GITIS international students: Alya Hanin (Slovenia), Georgios Kutlis (Greece), and Daniela Petkovich (Serbia).

GITIS Alumnus Hits Oscar Short-List

December 20, 2017

“Loveless” — the film directed by GITIS alumnus Andrey Zvyagintsev — got short-listed for Oscar Best Foreign Language Film nomination.

GITIS Graduate Debut at La Scala

November 15, 2017

On November 12, Ruzil Gatin — a GITIS graduate — made his first appearance on La Scala stage in Milan (Ruzil graduated from GITIS Variety Department, prof. Borisov class).

Russian King Lear in Beijing

November 2, 2017

On October 25 GITIS students from Kamenkovich and Krimov directing class played King Lear at the WTEA 2017 International Theatre Festival in Beijing.

Beware of fake certificates!

October 30, 2017

Russian Institute of Theater Arts — GITIS is a well-recognized brand, so no wonder that some dishonest people are trying to exploit it. Here is an example of a fake GITIS certificate signed by a fake professor.

GITIS students visit Estonian Academy

October 10, 2017

Second-year students of Leonid Heifetz Directing class went to Tallinn as a second phase of student exchange program between GITIS and Estonian Academy of Music and Theater.

GITIS announces enrollment for directing online winter courses

September 16, 2022

Directing winter Course starts 9 January to 20 January, 2023

The duration:
2 weeks
Term starts:
January 2023
Group: 10 —12 students.

What is the Stanislavsky system? Is it grammar for an actor or museum piece? Why does a modern actor need it? Does the system help the actor in his daily work? Do experienced actors need it? The leading actor training teachers of GITIS will answer these questions. Using practical exercises, they will tell you about the Stanislavsky system and its basic goals. The modern and classic plays will be reviewed with the help of the active analysis of the play and role.

You will be taught by leading industry professionals and permanent members of the  Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS).
Classes are taught in the English language.

Total of 24 hours

A certificate will be awarded to all participants who attend and complete the course. As the Short Courses are not accredited, there is no formal assessment and no qualification issued at the end of the courses, but participants who attend at least 100% of the classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance featuring the GITIS’s logo stating the course and the period when they attended.

If you have any questions about the course, please email: inter-program@gitis.net.

Winter Masterclasses Terms and Conditions

  • GITIS reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any course. If GITIS cancels a course you have booked onto your fee will be fully refunded;
  • All courses are subject to a minimum number of students and will not be guaranteed until this number is reached;
  • GITIS reserves the right to refuse admission on to any of our programs;
  • It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of any costs incurred in the event of cancellation, illness or travel problems, for which GITIS cannot accept any liability;
  • Fees are non-returnable once a student has started the course;
  • All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the course;
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
  • In the event of a cancellation after two weeks from the booking date, a sum of 9,000 rubles will be retained to cover administration costs;
  • GITIS does not offer deferments for courses not attended.
  • Please dress in comfortable clothes even when working online or as instructed in the course information


Michael Chumachenko

The Senior Lecturer at the Directing Department graduated from GITIS (1989, course of M. O. Knebel). In the same year, he was awarded the prize of the All-Russian Theatrical Society in the category “The Best Moscow Debut” for the play “Abnormals”. From 1988 to 1992 he was a director of the Central Theater of the Soviet Army. From 1993 —1995 — one of the directors of the sociopolitical program of the central TV station Vzglyad. From 2006 to 2008 he was Art Director of the Russian Drama Theatre in Tallinn (Estonia). He is a teacher of directing and acting,  leader of workshops directing seminars, and masterclasses.

Ekaterina Granitova-Lavrovskaya

The Head of the Directing Department, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Drama Directing, graduated from the directing department of the Russian Academy of Theater Arts — GITIS (1997, under the conduct of Prof. L.E. Heifets). Since 1995 she has been a teacher at GITIS (workshop of O. L. Kudryashov). Ekaterina staged productions at the Conservatorie Chambéry and the Théâtre Vivant, Rennes (France). In 1999-2002 she worked for Moscow Estrada Theatre and staged the performances “Vanya and the Crocodile” by K. I. Chukovsky and “Girls” by L. Ulitskaya. In 2007 she worked as a director at the Russian Theatre in Estonia (Tallinn). On the stage of the Vladimir Mayakovsky Moscow Academic Theater, she staged Six Loved Ones, Cupids in the Snow, and Uncle’s Dream. Also, she has credits as a film director. She filmed three TV serials for First National Chanel.

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