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Last updated: 19-01-2023

UNIMA Russia

Date of creation: 1958

Strastnoy Bulvar n° 10
107031  MOSCOW  Russian Federation

74 956 503 349

74 956 503 349


Brief history
The Soviet Union (USSR) participated in the founding of UNIMA in 1929. The Soviet UNIMA Centre, uniting puppeteers from the 15 Soviet republics, was founded in Moscow, in 1958. The 12th UNIMA Congress was held in Moscow in 1976.
In the early 90s, after the disintegration of the USSR, almost all its republics became independent states with their own UNIMA National Centres. The Russian Centre began its activity under the umbrella of the Theatre Union of Russian Federation (STD RF). The General Secretary is a staff member of the International Department of STD RF, which explains why all the activity and events of the Centre are effected in cooperation with the Theatre Cabinet for children and youth and the puppet theatres of the STD-RF. Sergei Obrazstov served as President of international UNIMA from 1976-1984.

Important projects and achievements
UNIMA Russia’s main recent events are: the conference The Art of the Puppet: Sources and Innovation (2013); the meeting of the UNIMA-Europe Commission (St. Petersburg, 2011), the first World Festival of Puppet Theatre Schools, together with the meeting of the UNIMA Professional Training Commission (St. Petersburg, 2010); the meeting of the UNIMA Executive Committee (Yekaterinburg, 2009), the International Conference on The Problems of Creative Work and Art Perception in Modern Puppet Theatre, during the international festival named after Sergei Obraztsov (Moscow, 2008, 2011). For this last see the special edition of the magazine Theatre of Miracles, also the web-site of UNIMA in English. Also see A Window to Russian Puppetry produced by the Centro de Iniciativas de Tolosa (CIT) during their international festival Titirijai (Tolosa, 2008).

The Executive Committee of UNIMA Russia was chosen at the report-election conference in 2019. It includes:

E. Ivanova
President of UNIMA Russia,
Art director of the Ivanovo Puppet Theatre,
Honored artist of Russia.

P. Strazhnikov
Vice–President of UNIMA Russia,
Yekaterinburg Puppet Theater Director,
Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation.

V. Shadskii
Art Director of the Ryazan Puppet Theater,
Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation,
Honorary Citizen of the Ryazan region,
Honorary Member of UNIMA.

B. Goldovskii
Art Director of the Moscow Puppet Theater,
Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation,
Doctor of Fine Arts.

K. Kirillov
Ryazan Puppet Theater Director,
Honored Worker of Culture and Art of the Ryazan region,
Secretary of the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation,
Chairman of the Ryazan regional branch of the Union of the Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation.

N. Monova
Literary manager of the State Academic Central Puppet Theater named after Sergei Obraztsov,
Honorary Member of UNIMA Russia,
Honored cultural workers of the Russian Federation.

A. Udalov

Manager of the Saratov Puppet Theater “Teremok”,
Chairman of the Saratov Regional Branch of the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation.