The prehistory of the National Drama Theater of the Altai Republic began with the signing of the Ordinance of the Oirot Regional Executive Committee of 04/14/1936 on the organization of a national theater studio. After repeated reorganizations, the Gorno-Altai Regional National Drama Theater was opened, and in 1977 a building was constructed for it. In 2008, the theater was named P.V. Kuchiyak - the first Altai playwright. On March 24, 1978, the National Drama Theater opened its first theatrical season with the play “Golden Dawn”, staged by the main director M.G. Nazarova. The dramaturgical basis of the performance was composed of the works of one of the founders of Altai literature, P.V. Kuchiyak. The performance was programmed and determined the further direction of the theater. For 32 years of work, the creative team of the National Drama Theater named after P.V. Kuchiyak ”performed more than 182 productions based on plays of Russian and foreign classics, modern Russian and national drama. With particular trepidation, the artists of the theater embody the works of Altai authors on the stage. Such performances as “Foggy Argut”, “Tuba”, “Maarca” by L. Kokyshev, “The Month of Low Heat” and “It Is Still Far From Death” by B. Ukachina, “Strange Man”, “Marriage of Abayyma”, “Age tests "A. Adarova," Silk Tassel "," Lisa the Cheat "," Payment "by N. Shumarov," Head of a Stallion "by D. Kainchin," Yrystu "," Tartynak "by S. Sanashev," And Your Dawn Will Come " Kosheva, “The Valley of the Devil” by N. Pashtakov, “Climbing the Khan-Altai” by D. Belekov and others. The performances of the theater enlighten their audience, they introduce to the richness of oral folk art. The glory and pride of the theater consists of actors, graduates of the higher theatrical educational institutions of Russia - GITIS, Shchepkin VTU, Shchukin VTU, Moscow, Ulan-Ude Institute of Culture, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Ufa , Barnaul, AGIKI Yakutsk.