RTYDS programmes for Directors and Theatres

RTYDS seeks out and nurtures talented theatre directors early in their careers providing exceptional professional training for the directors and artistic leaders of the future.

Portraits of young, ethically diverse directors under spotlights

Introduction to Directing

Intensive practical training to discover if directing might be a future career. Aimed at young adults who live locally to participating theatres, have a specific interest in directing and limited access to arts, training and employment. Read more

Three-Month Placements

Participating theatres host a paid work placement for an exciting emerging director from an under-represented background at the start of their professional career. Read more

18-Month Residencies

RTYDS places talented emerging directors in theatres as a paid Resident Assistant Directors where they develop their skills and learn what it takes to run a regional theatre. At the end of the residency they direct their own show. Read more

Applications are now open for theatres to apply to host Introduction to Directing or a 3-Month Placement – deadline 9th May 2016

Young directors face each other in a theatre workshop

Director’s Toolkit: Working with Writers

Wednesday 27 April 2016, 10.30am-6.30pm, Salisbury Playhouse

This day long workshop is an opportunity for emerging/early career directors to discover more about the director/writer relationship in a session lead by director Lyndsey Turner. Directors will explore the process of working with a writer on a new play, from commissioning to rehearsal.

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We bring together emerging directors with the UK’s leading regional theatre companies. We are particularly focused on directors who live outside London and are from communities presently under-represented in theatre.

Founded in 1960, the scheme has helped the development of many of the best directors in British theatre including: Trevor Nunn (RSC and National Theatre), Michael Boyd (RSC), Rupert Goold (Almeida), Lorne Campbell (Northern Stage), Elizabeth Newman (Octagon Theatre, Bolton) John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Natalie Ibu (Tiata Fahodzi) and Matthew Xia (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Matthew Xia, Assistant Director & Gemma Bodinetz. Photo © Robert Day

Photo: © Robert Day

“RTYDS changed my life – it’s the best scheme of its kind”

Rupert Goold
Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

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