Moscow Art Theatre School Advanced Summer Intensive

We’re constantly monitoring the developments around the COVID-19 pandemic. If we determine that we cannot safely offer this program, it will be canceled and any payments made by that point will be refunded.

May 22 – July 5, 2021

APPLY THROUGH February 10, 2021

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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 with the following concentrations:

Acting – ensemble-based theatre training with courses offered in Acting, Stage Movement, Dance, Singing, Stage Combat, and Theatre History. Led by Sergei Shchedrin and Yuriy Kviakovskiy will lead our Advanced Acting Intensive. In addition to expert knowledge in the traditional actor training methods of the Moscow Art Theatre, Shchedrin uses verbatim theatre techniques as a method of linking classic texts with contemporary life. Acting classes meet for 2.5 hours/day to work on various methods of ensemble-based actor training and scene work. By the end of the three-month intensive, our ensemble should have a full-length original production to perform at the Moscow Art Theatre School.

Directing – Material analysis, scene study, presentation. Directing course students will study with Viktor Ryzhakov who is a Moscow Art Theatre School master teacher, Moscow-based international director, and artistic director of the Sovremennik Theatre. Directing students will join acting course students for some classes and excursions.

Design* – study Costume, Lighting, and Set Design. Courses include Theatre History, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Scenography, Lighting Design, Costume Composition, and Intro to Directing.

*Course will be offered if at least 6 students join this program.

Course Work


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 Irina Nikiforova, esteemed choreographer and Moscow Art Theatre School dance professor.

SINGING- Choral, Solo, and Duet vocal training with veteran Moscow Art Theatre School vocal instructor and Moscow Art Theatre actor Alyona Khovanskaya. Alyona specializes in Russian folk music, choral singing, and loves to train actors in a diverse repertoire from Opera to Jazz.

STAGE COMBAT – Stage combat technique and training with Batraz Zaseev, MATS instructor, and graduate of Shchukin school.


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.

Cultural Programs

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

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, 20 minutes by foot to Red Square. Rooms are comfortable and equipped with a shared kitchen and internet access.

Program Cost*


Cost breakdown:

$3,500 – tuition and lodging

$1,500 – roundtrip airfare from the U.S.,

$450 – cultural program (theatre tickets, museum admissions, excursions, etc.)

$300 – Russian entry visa

Limited scholarships and financial aid are available.

Payment Schedule:

Feb. 26: $500 non-refundable deposit due after receiving a formal acceptance letter.

March 24: $1,750+( Optional $400 St. Petersburg)

April 21: $1,750+($400)

May 15: $1,750+($400)

*2021 program cost. Prices and deadlines are subject to change. Note: application deadlines and payment deadlines are not flexible. Failure to meet deadlines may result in additional fees.

Optional: 4 day trip to St. Petersburg for an additional fee of $900. Includes roundtrip high-speed rail tickets, lodging, White Nights boat trip on Neva river, Peterhof Palace and Tsarksoye Selo excursions, attending the ballet, opera, etc. Please specify if you’d like to sign up for this trip when applying. This will add $300 to each of the 3 payments.

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 applied towards your total tuition cost.)

MATS HighlightsAll applicants are required to submit a headshot, resume, and letter of recommendation (from college faculty or theatre professional), 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 the Acting track, Directing track, or Design 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.

If you are a US citizen but do not currently have a valid US passport, please apply for one ASAP. At the time of writing, the processing time for a new passport is 10-12 weeks.

See this link for the current U.S. Passport processing times.

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