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Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University (formerly Tbilisi Theatre Institute) has a training stage which is called ‘Auditorium N1’. A number of famous Georgian actors and directors started their professional life on this stage. Performances were staged by the students and professors of the university, such as: Mikheil Tumanishvili, Dodo Aleksidze , Lily Ioseliani, Gizo Zhordania, Robert Sturua, Temur Chkheidze , Shalva Gatserelia, Kote Surmava , Medea Kuchukhidze, Giga Lortipanidze , Giorgi margvelashvili, Davit Kobakhidze, Nana Demetrashvili , Anzor Kutateladze, Gogi Todadze, Alexander Kantaria, Giorgi Shalutashvili, Levan Tsuladze , Sasha Mikeladze, Rezo Mirtskhulava, Sandro Mrevlishvili, Gocha Kapanadze, Davit Doiashvili, Nugzar Bagrationi, Giorgi Sikharulidze, Maia Gachechiladze, Keti Dolidze, Tsotne Nakashidze, Andro Enuqidze , Avtandil Varsimashvili , Gogi Kavtaradze and others.

A number of performances of Theatre Institute became part of Georgian Theatre History. Suffice to mention ‘The Philistines’ by M. Gorky staged by Giorgi Tovstonogov and the character of Teterev, played by Erosi Manjgaladze, then a student of the University.

A play -"On behalf of the Young Guards" staged here by Mikheil Tumanishvili became the impetus for creation of Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre. The play ‘Bakula’s Pigs’ which was also staged here is still a part of the repertoire of the theatre.

Later the ‘Juliette and Romeo’ staged here by Giorgi Margvelashvili also moved to the Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre.

In early eighties, thanks to the efforts of then rector Eter Gugushvili the Theatre Institute received the cinema "Spartak" building. After reconstruction, in 1983, September 21, the training theatre with 200 seats was opened. Following the death of a famous director, teacher and professor Dimitri Aleksidze, the Training Theatre bears his name.

The famous group of Gizo Zhordania started life on this stage. The plays ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ and ‘Stepmother Samanishvili’ have been eventually moved to the Small Stage of the Rustaveli State Drama Theatre.

Thus the Training Theatre has had two fully equipped stages where students could develop their skills.

Establishment of the Training Theatre has prolonged life of the student performances. Instead of presenting only 2 or 3 premieres, these performances formed the theatre repertoire and intense, creative life all year long.

In the Training Theatre were also held screenings of student films.

Due to malfunction of the main stage (former cinema "Spartak" building) in 1999, the University Theatre currently operates only in recently reconstructed ‘Auditorium N1’. The reconstruction increased the performance space, renewed the auditorium and renovated the dressing-rooms.

This year begins fundamental reconstruction of the main stage of Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University - Dimitri Aleksidze Training Theatre.

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