TOYS Theater was started in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1985. The group consisted of four actors, Vassily Solonitsky, Loudmilla Romanovskaya, Alexander Filimonov and Ilya Goltsov. All four actors were deaf and performed to both hearing and non-hearing audiences in many different countries. Their imaginative shows were directed by Oleg Golovushkin, who is also deaf.
Using gestures and mime, the group performed playful, comedic shows that delighted audiences of all ages, making sure to include them in their performances. TOYS theater helped to spread both deaf and Russian cultural all over the world, being especially careful to pay special attention to children. They also offered workshops in conjunction with their performances to help spread their message and to educate the public.
Over 5,000,000 people worldwide have been a part of the TOYS Theater experience. TOYS Theater has performed for the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) at their 2000 convention, The Russian Cultural Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts and the Deaf Way Conference.
They have performed in Hungary, Poland, Finland, Norway, Holland, Germany, Canada and the United States, among other countries. The group has also received many awards and performed in many festivals including: 1st Place Best Texas Payday Loans Creative Theater Groups of Russia, Petrozavodsk, Russia 1990, 2nd Place Pantomime , Kursk Russia,Festival of Pantomime, Kiev Ukraine, 1989 Soviet Union National Theater Festival, Usgorod, Ukraine, International Festival of Pantomime, Brno, Czechoslovakia, InternationalTheate r Festival, Helsinki, Finland.