Innovations in Theater and the Future of Education in the Field of Culture - Programme - St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum
Panel Discussion

Innovations in Theater and the Future of Education in the Field of Culture

General Staff Building, Small Atrium 6/8 Palace sq., St. Petersburg

The panel will explore how artificial intelligence technology can be applied to improve educational practices in the arts and culture, as well as the theater industry. The panel discussion will cover the following topics:

  • What does Modernity sound like in the language of theatrical art, and what innovative models and practices are being implemented by the Russian theater community to give a new meaning to Tradition?
  • Is the innovation in theater a result of artistic and managerial choicesor an indicator of trends in the humanitarian sphere of the country? How can professional staff be trained to adapt to changes?
  • Is there a demand among young people for more interactive, flexibleand technology-oriented educational methods of education? Can artificial intelligence help fulfill such demands?
  • Is artificial intelligence an enemy or an ally of the theatrical and educational sphere?

Speakers will also discuss how AI can enhance educational programs, improve learning processes, and promote arts and cultural resources in schools.

The discussion will include a presentation of Nadezhda Abramova’s Digital Opera Project, which will demonstrate the chronology of the development of opera scenography and the use of digital tools in this field.



  • Nadezhda Abramova, General Producer of the Digital Opera Festival (Russia);
  • Ilham Elkhan oglu Askerov, Acting Director of the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater (Azerbaijan);
  • Dijana Grbic, Director of the National Theatre of Republika Srpska (Republika Srpska);
  • Alexander Zhuravsky, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Directorate for Social Projects (Russia);
  • Vladimir Malyshev, Rector of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (Russia);
  • Anton Okoneshnikov, Director of the National Drama Theater of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theater), creator of Another Stage Digital Project (Russia);
  • Alexander Ryzhinsky, рdirector, actor, artist, teacher, TV presenter (Russia);
  • Alexander Shestakov, General Director of the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater (Belarus).


Sergei Emelyanov, Director of the National Drama Theatre of Russia (Alexandrinsky Theatre).