Changing the face of theatre in the UK

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

RTYDS programmes for Directors and Theatres

Introduction to Directing

Intensive practical training to discover if directing might be a future career. Aimed at under-represented 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 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 Three-Month Placement – deadline Monday October 24th 2016

Introduction to Directing
Three-Month Placement

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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