2018 Moscow Art Theatre School Summer Intensive

May 22 – July 6, 2018


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Join us in Moscow for six-weeks of intensive training at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Study Stanislavsky and Chekhov in the birth-place of modern theatre. IFTER proudly offers the only six-week summer program at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Courses offered in Acting, Stage Movement, Dance, Singing, Stage Combat, and Theatre History. Now with additional courses in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Design!


Course Work

Now with additional courses in Directing, Dramaturgy, and Design!

13406990_10210138257881147_1577110577624530905_nACTING- Stanislavsky training at Chekhov scene study with working theatre artists and MATS Professors. Depending on schedules, teachers vary from year to year. In the past, we have worked with Oleg Topoliansky, Mikhail Milkis, Mikhail MokeevVera Kharybina, and Andrei Kuzichev.

MOVEMENT- study Droznin Movement with Vladimir Sazhin, Director of Plastic Performance at the Moscow Art Theatre School and graduate of the Droznin program at the Vakhtangov Theatre Institute.

DANCE- Ballet and Russian Folk Dance with Renat Mamin, esteemed choreographer and Moscow Art Theatre School dance professor.

“You might think you have reached your limit. But there is always that extra inch. If your goal is to improve, then find that inch and always reach for it.” – Renat Mamin

SINGING- Solo and Duet vocal training with veteran Moscow Art Theatre School vocal instructor Ekaterina Kireeva.

STAGE COMBAT- stage combat technique and training with Vyacheslav Rybakov, MATS instructor and graduate of Droznin Program at the Vakhtangov Theatre Institute.

HISTORY OF RUSSIAN THEATRE- Aleksandr Popov, theatre producer, playwright, and historian lectures on Moscow Art Theatre productions on the history of the theatre itself.

Classes are held Monday through Saturday from 10a-5p. Acting classes meet every afternoon. All other specialty courses meet on a rotating schedule in the mornings. All courses are taught in English or in Russian with an English interpreter.

Dramaturgy classes are also available, with enough student interest.

Cultural Programs

10494863_528863987235910_840736853728184686_nWe will do a bus tour of Moscow, an Excursion to Melekhovo, Anton Chekhov’s Estate.

Optional add on: four day excursion to St. Petersburg.

Other outings and tours may include St. Basil’s Cathedral, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Kremlin, Red Square, The Bolshoi Theatre, Museums.

20+ professional Theatre productions and student performances.*

*Including performances from the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in odd numbered years.


While in Moscow all students will be housed at the Moscow Art Theatre School dormitory, which is located in the very heart of the city, 25 min by foot to Red Square. Rooms are comfortable and equipped with a shared kitchen and internet access.

Program Cost


Includes: Tuition, interpreters, Excursions and cultural programs, Lodging, Transportation to and from the airport, Visa fees, Roundtrip airfare from NYC to Moscow

St. Petersburg Add-on: $700

Payment Breakdown:

Due 2 weeks after acceptance or Jan. 1: $500 non refundable deposit

February 1: $1,850 (+ $200 for St. Petersburg)

March 1: $1,600 (+$250)

April 1: $1,600 (+$250)

*2017 program cost. Prices and deadlines are subject to change. Note, due to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, application deadlines, and payment deadlines are not flexible. Failure to meet deadlines may result in increased program cost and additional fees.

COURSE CREDIT- Up to six credit hours may be available through Butler University for an additional fee. If you are interested in course credit, please indicate this on your application.

To Apply

13245471_10153614968982644_149539665976610490_nApplicant Eligibility- Must be 18+ years of age and comfortable studying in English. Previous theatre training is encouraged, but not required. 

We review all applications and make our admissions decisions on a rolling basis. It is to your advantage to apply early. Upon acceptance, you will have two weeks to make your decision and lock in your spot with a $500 non-refundable deposit. (The deposit will be put toward payment of your total tuition.)

MATS HighlightsAll applicants are required to submit a headshot, resume, and letter of recommendation, along with a one to two page informal essay written in a letter style. This letter should describe who you are as an artist and, most importantly, as a person. Consider including your interests, your talents, your passions, your fears, or anything that you feel is essential to your unique personality. Also include some information about why you do theatre, why you study theatre, what draws you to this program and what you would like to gain from it. We ask  that you also submit some photos from your daily life – you with family, with pets, in a special place, with friends– anything that describes you.

Please indicate on your application if you are interested in Acting track or Directing track.

NOTE: If you plan to travel from somewhere besides the US, the cost of airfare can be removed from your tuition. You will then be required to arrange your own travel to and from Moscow.

Additionally, if you are not a US citizen or not applying for your visa in the US, your visa fees may vary and/or you may need to apply for your visa on your own. We will provide as much visa support as possible to all students.

Email questions and application submissions to info@ifter.org.