Folksbiene RU Projects



Teen Drama LAB, taught by internationally acclaimed professional actors of the Lost & Found Project, is a place where aspiring young actors can develop their dramatic skills through etudes, improv, theater games, voice and movement exercises. Using the verbatim theatre technique they will explore their identity through family history and personal stories.

The course culminates in a performance at an NYC theater, where the students present their individually developed pieces.





RU Stage Lab is an exploration for Russian Jewish adults seeking an opportunity to delve into their own family stories and connect value points of past generation to where they are today. We believe that the best instrument to explore these topics is through theatre.  Participants will build up their “acting chops,” strengthening their voices, stage presence, and improvisation skills with weekly classes.

To culminate the course, the ensemble will create a performance based on personal experiences of the storytellers presented at an NYC theatre. For ages 21 and above






Edges & Borders is an interactive immersive series of events taking place in NYC and designed to take our audience through an unusual, captivating experience. These pop up events take place in secret locations

This interactive, speakeasy style pop up performance and events take place in a secret locations around New York and feature local artists, musicians and actors.







Family Programming



RUtots – a new immersion program for Russian Jewish toddlers at Museum of Jewish Heritage. The program is taught in a warm and friendly environment with native Russian-speaking early childhood educators and features visual arts, storytelling, dramatic play, and much more! The class concludes each week with candle lighting, challah and grape juice in celebration of Shabbat.






KOMPOT is a series of interactive get-togethers for Russian-Jewish families including music performances, hands-on experiential workshops, storytelling and theatre performances for families with children.

Children learn new art techniques, create original works, and enjoy quality family time in this exciting new installment of our signature KOMPOT series.








Now we can bring KOMPOT to your community!

DELI BOOKS is an original and captivating musical production for kids (2-8) and their families. The story we follow in the play is about one Jewish boy who has acquired too many books and for some reason, he has no time to read them. So what does he do? He decides to EAT them. What Happens from there?





Affiliate Projects

Lost & Found Project is an award-winning troupe, founded in 2011 as a multi-faceted theatre experiment by a group of young NYC-based actors and writers. We are an experimental docu-theatre troupe that creates original stage productions based on the Verbatim technique. In our dynamic L&F laboratory, the sense of our past journeys collides with our objective reality, and our current experiences are in a struggle with the individuality of each story-teller.







SHAYNA …a New York story caught between two worlds

An audio drama in three acts / Podcast by Lost & Found Project

Lost & Found Project explores a new direction with a new audio drama – “Shayna”, which examines the journey of a young singer-songwriter in New York who can’t catch a break. She is estranged from her brother and ailing mother, stuck in dead-end relationships, and stalled creatively. But when a beautiful, haunting melody lodges itself in Shayna’s mind, it unearths a family mystery and a century-old injustice that only Shayna can make right.







FoksbieneRU is a partnership initiative of the Genesis Philanthropy Group and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.


KOMPOT is made possible with the generous support of PJ Library of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in partnership with Genesis Philanthropy Group.