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

Announcing 12 new RTYDS projects

Sue Emmas RTYDS Artistic Director said:

“From Newcastle to Plymouth, RTYDS is creating pathways for talented directors from under-represented backgrounds to build professional careers and addressing the imbalance of opportunities between London and the regions.

“We are working with some theatres for the first time – Barbican Theatre in Plymouth, Core at Corby Cube, Mind the Gap, Gecko, ARC and Nuffield as well as building in established working relationships – for example West Yorkshire Playhouse hosted an Introduction to Directing project last Autumn where they met Omari Swanston who they are now supporting with the Three-Month Placement.”

RTYDS will support seven talented directors from under-represented backgrounds to have a paid three-month placement at their local theatre where they will develop their directing skills, gain experience working on professional productions and develop confidence and contacts.

The directors and theatres are:

In addition, five theatres have been selected to host Introduction to Directing projects helping up to fifty new theatre directors from diverse backgrounds at the start of their professional careers:

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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