We came to change everything in the theatre” – Mikheil Tumanishvili (1921 – 1996)
In 1975 School of Theatrical Arts and Film Actors Theatre was established and began operating on the platform of Film Studio “Kartuli Pilmi” (“Georgian Film”). In 1978 it was officially opened by Mikhail Tumanishvili and his students. Tumanishvili was a driving force in the reformation of the Georgian theatre in the 20th century. He was a director of drama and opera, creator of Georgian Television Theatre, Professor at the University of Arts, theorist and educator.
From its inception, the experimental theatre took a prominent position in the Georgian and international industry of arts. Over a period of years the theatrical school participated in art festivals in Europe, USA, Latin America and Australia where they clinched numerous awards.
The creative group in this theatre (directors, actors) educated by Tumanishvili himself or through his methods continues to seek out new methods and forms to use within the theatrical industry. In recent times the theatre has internationally co-produced several spectacles all of which deployed unique methods and aesthetics.
Tumanishvili’s Film Actors Theatre is a government funded entity. Two stages operate within the theatre; the main stage, designed by Tumanishvili, resembles the stage of Shakespeare Globe Theatre and has neither a backstage or a curtain. It is is surrounded by audience on three sides. In 2012 the minor stage was built and is used for theatrical research and educational purposes.
The foyer of the theatre houses an art gallery and an art café.
Director and Actor. He was born 6 February 1971 in Tbilisi.
1988-1992 – Drama Faculty of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University headed by Michael Tumanishvili
2008-2010 -MA academic level of the Directors of Drama headed by Robert Sturua.
From 1992 to present: Actor and Director of the Tumanishvili Film Actor Theatre.
From 2013 to 2017: Managing Director of the International Art Festival “Gift".
From 2009 to present: Managing Director of the Tumanishvili Film Actor Theatre.
As a director, he has directed performances;
2003 - “The Playboy of the Western World” by John Synge/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
2007 - “The Bald Soprano“ by Eugene Ionesco/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
2010 - “7 short plays” by Lasha Bughadze/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
2013- “The Police” by Slawomir Mrozek/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
2016 - "King Lear" by William Shakespeare/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre
2018 - “Before We Got To Know Each Other” by Basa Janikashvili/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre and ITI Georgian Centre