During the period of Zurab Nanobashvili's work as artistic director, the Vologda Drama Theater became the laureate of the International Theater Festival "Voices of History" six times. In 2004, the theater took part in the VI All-Russian theater festival "Ostrovsky in the Ostrovsky House" (Small (Maly) Theater, Moscow) and received a diploma of the festival for the performance "Balsaminov, Balsaminov!..". From 2007 to 2009, the theater visited the shows in Moscow ("Arbat meetings" organized by the Central House of the Actor named after Yablochkina, "In a good way! Young forces of art. Moscow - Volga Region" - the final stage of the X International Television and Theater Festival), Belgorod (VII All-Russian Theater Festival "Actors of Russia to Mikhail Shchepkin"), Taganrog (International Theater Festival "In Chekhov's Homeland").
The theater also toured Moscow (Days of the Vologda Region in Moscow), St. Petersburg (Lensovet St. Petersburg State Academic Theater), Nizhny Novgorod (Gorky Nizhny Novgorod State Academic Drama Theater), as well as in large cities of the Vologda region (Cherepovets, Veliky Ustyug).
A special place in the creative activity of the collective is occupied by foreign tours, the organization and quality of which is an undoubted achievement of the artistic director Z. Nanobashvili. After a thirty-year break, in 2008 the theater went abroad for the first time and presented the performances "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Winter" in Helsinki, Finland. And in 2009, the premiere of the play "Women. Fragment" took place at the IV International Theater Festival "Meetings in Odessa" (Ukraine). With the play "The Holiday of solitude. (Pirosmani)" the theater visited Slovakia at a theater festival. And in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, the Russian Center for Science and Culture hosted a presentation dedicated to the history of the Vologda Drama Theater.
From January 2010 to August 2012, Zurab Nanobashvili simultaneously headed the Cherepovets Municipal Chamber Theater. From September 2012 to February 2014, he combined the position of chief director at the Ivanovo Regional Drama Theater. As an invited director, he staged two dozen performances in different cities of Russia and abroad.
Z.A. Nanobashvili always takes an active part in public life. In 2014, he was a member of the jury of the M. A. Kulikovsky regional festival "Kuban Theater", became a member of the jury of the First Open Documentary film Festival about music - MusicDocFest (2016), was invited to the jury of the All-Russian Festival of Television Films "Man and Faith" (2016), was a member of the jury of the XIII International Festival "Slavic Theatrical Meetings" in Gomel (2017), was a member of the organizing committee for the preparation of the International Theater Festival "Voices of History". In 2014, Z. Nanobashvili took part in the round table meeting "Theater in the modern world. Place. Role. Mission" within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum as a speaker. In his speech, he paid attention to the conditions and problems of the provincial theater, its isolation and self-sufficiency, as well as the relationship between the theater and the state.
For a special contribution to the development of Vologda culture, Z.A. Nanobashvili was awarded the badge "For Services to Vologda" (2014). On May 3, 2018, by Decree No. 182 of the President of the Russian Federation, the artistic director of the Vologda Drama Theater Zurab Nanobashvili was awarded the honorary title "Honored Artist of Russia".