In 2023, Kyiv Academic Theater "Koleso" opened its 36th theater season on Andryiyvsky descent.

Kyiv Theater "Koleso" was founded on May 28, 1988 by Iryna Klishchevska (manager, art director, director, actress). Since 2008, the theater has been granted "academic" status. 

The theater occupies a prominent place in the context of the theatrical art of Ukraine, is an integral part of the cultural life of Kyiv and the ancient Podil, a favorite place of rest for Kyiv residents of all ages and guests of the capital.


The team works in the aesthetics of a chamber theater on 4 stage areas: the main stage, the stage in the theater cafe, Fireplace Hall I and Fireplace Hall II. Since 2010, the Theater Salon has been operating in the premises of the theater, where exhibitions, musical and creative evenings take place.




The theater`s current repertoire includes 38 performances of various genres: dramas, tragedies, comedies, musical comedies, vaudeville, unerground, farces, detectives, musicals, monodramas, documentary dramas, plays for children. The Kyiv Academic Theater "Koleso" opens up to the audience new modern ukrainian and foreign drama, trying to include new or forgotten plays of prominent playwrights that are not performed in other theaters of Ukraine. One of the main creative tasks of the theater is decorated with names of world, domestic and contemporary playwrights: Jean Anouilh, Thomas Arzt, Stepan Vasilchenko, Francis Veber, Yves Jamiak, Pedro Calderon, Emilio Carballido, Natalka Kolomiets, Agatha Christie, Mykola Kulish, Ken Ludwig, Felix Mitterer, Moliere, Slavomir Mrozhek, Johann Nestroy, Olena Pchilka, Panas Saksagansky, Nadiya Simchych, Sophocles, Yaroslav Stelmakh, Oscar Wilde, Dario Fo, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Arthur Schnitzler.


Among the directors are ukrainian directors: Iryna Klishchevska, Maria Grunicheva, Volodymyr Petranyuk, Vitaly Sementsov, Ihor Slavynskyi, Volodymyr Sud`in, Anatoly Sukhanov, Vakhtang Chkhaidze, as well as foreign ones: Yavor Binev (Bulgaria), Pierre-Jean Valentin (France), Dimo Dimov (Bulgaria), Emmanuel Koutsourelis (Greece), Neil Fleckman (USA).


Great attention is paid to the creation of a bright acting ensemble. Among the actors are those who have been working since the day of its foundation (May 28, 1988) - Oleksandr Biryukov, Valentina Boyko, Halyna Zrazhevska, Oleg Lepenets.





The "Koleso" troupe is well-known and famous all over the world. The theater made festival and tour performances in Poland, Bulgaria, USA, Romania, France, Albania, Serbia, Belarus, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Scotland, Armenia, Israeil, etc. During its existence, the creative team visited 75 international theater festivals, where it won the favor of the audience and critics, and received many prizes and awards. The theater team has repeatedly received the "Kyiv pectoral" theater award.

The "Koleso" theater is the founder and organizer of the International Theater Festival "Slavic Meetings" (1994), the International Festival of monodramas "Echoes" (since 1999), the International Theater Festival "Podiya" (since 2008), the International Theater Festival of Chamber Performances AndriyivskyFest (since 2017) and its two formats ("Ukrainian" (2018), "Independents" (2019)).

For 36 years, the "Koleso" theater has managed to win the love of ordinary viewers and the affection of professionals.



Iryna Klishchevska is a graduate of National University of theatre Art (now it is Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television) of Karpenko-Kariy. In 1981 she got a degree of drama director. In 1988 Iryna Klishchevska founded a unique chamber theatre "Koleso"("The Wheel"), where she played and staged more than 20 plays. Among them are classic of Ukrainian and foreign dramaturgy and plays of contemporary theatre.They are "Generals in skirts" by Jean Anouilh, "Lady-Ghost " by Pedro Calderon, "Shantrapa" by Panas Saksagansky, "Emma" by Yaroslav Stelmakh, a folk play "Vechornitsi" by Zhilinska and Klishchevska, "The Affairs Bygone" by Johann Nestroy, "Mozart’s women" by Felix Mitterer etc.

In 2009 Iryna Klishchevska was awarded with a title of People's Artist of Ukraine. Due to the high professional artistic skills of IrynaKlishchevska “Koleso” has gained world recognition and was positioned among the best theatres. Iryna Klishchevska,is not only a talented director, but is an extraordinary actress and a master of the stage. Her stage characters impress with deep and unique psychological picture. She is known for detailed interpretation of a complex women character. For each hero Iryna finds some specific bright detail in order to bring out the individuality of each character. She is a wide range actress of stage abilities. Her characters often balance between being funny and tragic.

Artistic path of Iryna Klishchevska and the theatre, which she has been running for 36 years, always has had a great response in mass media as well as in the community in Ukraine and abroad. The name of this unique and extraordinary woman is known among spectators and theatre professionals in Poland, Romania, France, Scotland, Austria, USA and other countries.