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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.

Review of the participant

January 10, 2022

In December GITIS organized “The Stanislavsky system and practice of modern actor” online course. We greatly appreciate support of the Russian Cultural Foundation for making this course happen and share reviews participants.

1. What sections of the programme were you most interested in?

I really enjoyed the script analysis as I felt that format works well on zoom. All of the subject areas covered were highly relevant and enjoyable to learn. Although we did not do much acting, I felt that was a good thing because it’s hard to perform on zoom and I wanted to hear the stories from the teachers about their work as directors and teachers, as well as their approaches to script analysis and ideas around directing.

I also enjoyed the directness of the teachers in helping us understand the broader dynamics of theatre — this often came from the stories, such as when Mikhail said if you are playing Juliet, all of the female acting students will hate you. I had never thought of that but I have seen those kinds of dynamics play out in other plays and now it’s something I’m more aware of. The teachers at GITIS have a very deep understanding of acting and directing and the impact of the work on students and actors.

I really enjoyed Mikhail’s analysis of Romeo and Juliet. I thought it was brilliant how he showed us how Romeo and Juliet had not slept much over the course of the play. I told a teacher that I’ve worked with here and he said, “wow, I’ve never heard that approach. That’s so interesting”. We are both very impressed and I think those kinds of discussions and observations that I can share with my friends and colleagues here make them interested and curious about GITIS.

2. What topics do you think should be included in the programme?

I think the topics that were included were excellent, and it would be difficult to add to the program without taking something else out.

3. Did you learn much from the lessons?

Yes, I did! I really enjoyed the individual approaches by Mikhail and Ekaterina.

4. Do you think you will be able to apply them in practice? Which ones?

Yes. I have improved my memorization skills after using Mikhail’s technique. I never thought that it would be possible in the past. I’ve never had a teacher provide a solution to poor memorization of lines before. I worked on the numbers game consistently for 30 days and my ease of memorization was automatic. It also reduced my stress.

I really enjoyed the script analysis approach used by Ekaterina. One particular part of the analysis that was interesting to me was to ask the question: what were your impressions of the script / play upon first read? I now consider that when I read a play to understand how my impression will colour my perspective in my work.

I also enjoyed the exercises we did and homework. It challenged me to work hard during my studies and opened my mind to new approaches. I liked the directing exercise given to us by Ekaterina. It was fun to imagine how I would direct the opening of The Seagull. It helps me understand my own directing styles. I also enjoyed finding paintings to describe the set design I would use.

5. What would you improve in the organisation and delivery of the programme?

I think it worked very well considering all of the different time zones that students and teachers were in. I thought the zoom format worked very well too. It makes a course like this accessible to international students.

6. Do you think that as a result of mastering the programme you will become more sought after in your profession?

When I talk about this course, my colleagues in the acting profession are curious and impressed by my commitment to the profession to train at GITIS. It is my hope that a director or casting director would consider me more seriously by having completed this training. I did land a very interesting supporting role in a film recently. The director said he really liked my resume.

I do feel that I have more to learn and would consider future short programs to continue my learning. If I was a young student and spoke Russian fluently, I think the full time training offered by your school would be very interesting to pursue as your school’s curriculum and teaching is very strong and competitive internationally.

7. Please give an overall assessment of the programme you have completed on a 5-point scale, where 1 is very low; 5 is very high.

5! I really enjoyed this opportunity. It was a sincere honour to work with the lovely staff, Irina Zhukova, the intelligent and fast translator, Alexia Mankovskaya, and amazing teachers: Ekaterina Granitova-Lavrovskaya and Mikhail Chumachenko. Thank you. I will always cherish my time in this course and I look forward to meeting you all one day!

Kara Flanagan, Canada

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