The “Armenian Actors Union” (AAU) a non-profit non-governmental organization that was established in 2000 by the initiative of Artur Ghukasyan. The general mission of the AAU is to develop the contemporary art in all its spheres throughout Armenia. To realize this mission, the AAU coordinates important cultural events in Armenia; promote mutual rapprochement between artists residing in Armenia and Caucasus; implements joint projects with different countries; introduces modern methodologies and new approaches in the system of education, supports the creative initiative and self - assertion of young artists, creates one cultural space for performing arts management.
AAU supports Armenian actors in their professional work and education. The AAU’s main project is the HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival, which is now recognized as the main theater festival of countries of former USSR (except for Moscow).
The AAU is a member of IFEA (International Festival and Events Association), IETM (International Performing Arts Network), ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), ELIA (European League of Institute of Arts), and collaborates closely with ITI (International Theatre Institute) and other networks.