Changing the face of theatre in the UK

RTYDS is the UK’s foremost programme of paid professional development for theatre directors. We offer bespoke training opportunities to artists from the earliest stages of a career right up to leadership development.

Portraits of five gender and racially diverse Artistic Directors
We are now accepting applications from theatre companies for Introduction to Directing and Three-Month Placements. Deadline noon on Monday 25 March 2019.

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

We work in partnership with theatres around the country, enabling talented artists to build their craft and develop their leadership skills. 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 launch the careers of many of Britain’s leading Artistic Directors and freelance directors including Rupert Goold (Almeida), Lorne Campbell (Northern Stage), Elizabeth Newman (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Natalie Ibu (tiata fahodzi); freelance directors include John Tiffany, Matthew Xia and Rebecca Frecknall.

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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Theatre companies are invited to apply to host Introduction to Directing and Three-Month Placements in partnership with RTYDS

Theatre companies are invited to apply to host Introduction to Directing and Three-Month Placements in partnership with RTYDS On 25 February 2019, RTYDS invite applications from companies to run an Introduction to Directing course or host a Three-Month Placement. “The placement was brilliant and has enabled me to set up my own theatre company and produce shows to a higher standard than I had done previously. I have made lots of contacts both in Liverpool and London and have been able to feel more confident in applying for assisting jobs. RTYDS mainly gave me the confidence to continue my journey [...]

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