The Odessa Ukrainian Music and Drama Theatre founded in November, 1925 as State Drama Theatre (since 1930 – named after Revolution and since 1995 – The Vasyl Vasylko Theatre, outstanding Ukrainian actor, stage director, dramatist, historian and theatrics theorist, theatrical teacher) is well-known far beyond Ukraine boundaries. The theatre has a glory of discoverer of new themes, names and stage forms.
The theatre collective was initiator and founder of prominent artistic and cultural-educational actions, in particular, the International Theatrical Festival «Classic on stage» (1993) and the First All Ukrainian Festival of Modern Ukrainian Dramaturgy (1998).
With the great success the theatre presented a national theatrics on tours in Canada; it was participant and prize-winner of theatrical festivals: Cairo International Festival of Experimental Performances (Egypt), XIth International Festival «Artistic berezillya. Leaders», International Festival of Musical Performances «Tavria Melpomene» (Kherson), VIth International Festival of Ancient Art «Bosporus agons» (Grand Prix of the Festival for performance «Oedipus», Kerch) and others.
The theatre performances repeatedly won in the Competition «Your names, Odessa» in nomination «Best Performance of the Year» (performances «Folk Malachi», «Revizor»).
The theatre collective awarded Rank «Odessa resident of year 2003» in nomination «For contribution to development of culture and art of Odessa» and Honoured Sign «Crystal Pearl». The performance «Happiness alongside» by І. Franko play has been nominated on gaining the T. G. Shevchenko Ukrainian National Prize.
The repertoire theatre bill, including more than 20 names is original and multi-plan. This is Ukrainian and world classics, modern national and foreign dramaturgy.
The real creators with the great artistic potential capable to solve the most difficult artistic tasks work in the theatre at the head with Director Valentyna M. Prokopenko and Art Director Igor M. Ravytsky, People's Artist. There are people's artists of Ukraine, 13 deserved artists and figures of the Ukraine arts in the collective.
Having started 80th theatrical season in October, 2004 the collective chose the wide program of artistic development and invites to cooperation all, who is not indifferent fate of Ukraine and spiritual health of its society.