The Eugene Ionesco Theatre (TEI) was founded as an independent theatre in the spring of 1990 by a group of graduates of the Boris Shchukin Higher Theatre School (Moscow), led by Petru Vutcărău. In 1991, on 11 September, the theatre became a state institution and opened its first season with the performance of “The bald singer” by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Petru Vutcărău. In 1994 the theatre holds the first International Theatre Festival in Moldova – the TEI Biennial, BITEI. In 2016 TEI becomes the National Theatre. The theatre stages national and international modern drama, collaborates with guest directors: Kenneth Campbell (USA), Moshe Yassur (USA), Charles Lee (France), Alex Berceanu (Romania), Chris Nedeea (Romania), Nugzar Lordkipanidze (Georgia), co-productions with foreign companies: Les Oiseaux de Passage (France), Hachimaru (Japan) and Kaze (Japan). One of the most important projects was the performance “Chekhov’s Machine” based on the play by Matei Vișniec and directed by Petru Vutcărău, produced in French and performed in Bucharest, Paris and many other cities in France and Japan.

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