NUST MISIS Holds the XII World Congress of the International University Theatre Association

From August 20th — 24th, 2018, for the first time ever, the XII annual World Congress of the International University Theatre Association AITU-IUTA is being held in Moscow. NUST MISIS is of one the co-organizers and main sites of the event.

The festival program includes a scientific conference devoted to the relevant issues of university theatres, meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee of the Association, a theatre festival, and various master classes.

NUST MISIS will host the scientific part of the program, as well as the General Assembly’s meeting, plenary sessions and reports of famous Russian and international theatrical figures. Theorists and practitioners will share their on-stage experiences and discuss the values, features, and prospects of developing student theatres for both traditional and avant-garde theatrical art.

The event’s participants came from 30 countries around the world, and included leaders and representatives from: the Royal University Theatre of Liege (Belgium), the National University of Arts (Argentina), Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory (Turkey), LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), the School of Visual and Performing Arts, De Montfort University (UK), NUST MISIS, and the GITIS Russian Institute of Theatre Arts.

“The world congress of university theatres is not just a theatrical festival but also workshops, seminars, exhibitions, and a scientific conference. As part of the international scientific conference ‘Theatre and University in the 21st century’, the participants will discuss topical issues of establishing and developing university and youth theatres, as well as [advancing] theatrical education. The main goal of theatre at any university is the development of students’ personalities and the promotion of their creativity. This is in line with the objectives of higher education—training future professionals, developing students’ social skills, and helping them form universal skills. Here at NUST MISIS, we try to build a sociocultural educational environment (including through the development of extracurricular, cultural, and leisure activities) in such a way that the best conditions for the self-development of our students is created”, said Dmitry Khorvat, Head of the NUST MISIS Department for Cultural and Youth Policy.

The student performances will be held at the Theatrical Center “The Cherry Orchard”, at the Moscow Open Student Theatre (MOST), and in the Business & Cultural Center of the Belarussian Embassy. This year’s 12th annual World Congress has been organized by the International University Theatre Association AITU-IUTA, The MOST, NUST MISIS, and the Charity Fund for the Development of Lomonosov Moscow State University`s Student Theatre.

The International University Theatre Association was established at the University of Liege (Belgium) in 1994. Its aim is to develop and promote recognized post-secondary activity in theater training, creation, research and theoretical & practical research throughout the world at the level of university or higher studies. The IUTA is on every continent and has members in over 50 countries.