RTYDS Associate Artistic Director

An opportunity for directors with a strong professional track record of making work and a desire to learn about leadership and to make significant work on the mid-scale

Applications now being accepted from directors for the Associate Artistic Director Residency

The RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Scheme

This is a remarkable opportunity for a building-based theatre company to partner with RTYDS and to benefit from having an experienced director with a strong professional track-record in residence for 18 months. The Associate Artistic Director will develop their craft as a director while learning about the role of an artistic director in cultural leadership.

In 2019/20 RTYDS will select one theatre to take part in the scheme from September 2020 and will work closely with the chosen theatre’s artistic director to identify the Associate Artistic Director in an open selection process.

There are few opportunities for directors to learn about the challenges and demands of the role of artistic director. This strand of RTYDS’s work reflects our strong commitment to the development of artistic directors as cultural leaders. There continues to be a significant lack of diversity in those who lead organisations and there is a pressing need to provide progression routes for talented people from backgrounds that continue to be under-represented in the arts.

My RTYDS placement threw me into the heart of one of the UK’s top producing theatres, allowing me a rare and thorough insight into the role of the Artistic Director and the importance of Regional theatre. The 18-month bursary allowed me to focus fully on my craft and ambitions as an artist and gave me the opportunity to direct my first professional production. The RTYDS is one of the most important and influential schemes of its kind and joining its alumni was a turning point for me in my career.Rebecca Frecknall, RTYDS Alumni 2015

Information for Directors

This is a paid residency for a director with a strong professional track record of making work and a desire to develop their artistic leadership 

In November RTYDS selected Sheffield Theatres to take part in the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director scheme from September 2020. RTYDS and Sheffield Theatres will now work together to identify the Associate Artistic Director in an open application process. 

Need any assistance? 

If you have a specific access requirement, which would enable you to complete this application process more easily, please let us know and we will endeavour to provide as much assistance as we can. Contact daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk .

Large print and dyslexia friendly copies of the application guidelines for directors, equal opportunities monitoring form and job description and person specification are available below.

Over 18 months the Associate Artistic Director will develop their craft as a director while learning about the role of an artistic director in cultural leadership.

There are few opportunities for directors to learn about the challenges and demands of the role of artistic director. This strand of RTYDS’s work reflects our strong commitment to the development of artistic directors as cultural leaders. There continues to be a significant lack of diversity in those who lead organisations and there is a pressing need to provide progression routes for talented people from backgrounds that continue to be under-represented in the arts.

It is essential that the Associate Artistic Director has a demonstrable and substantial impact on their host organisation, but we also want to provide an opportunity for the director to impact on the wider theatre industry. To achieve this the Associate Artistic Director will spend some of their working time with RTYDS over the course of the 18-month residency. The director will represent both Sheffield Theatres and RTYDS at a national level contributing to debates and initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive.

The Associate Artistic Director will be a full-time equivalent role, split between Sheffield Theatres and RTYDS. The ratio of working time is expected to be 70% with Sheffield Theatres and 30% with RTYDS, with timings to be agreed to suit the theatres’ planning cycles and the Associate Artistic Directors directing and project commitments. When the Associate Artistic Director is working directly with RTYDS, the focus of the work will be nationwide, with some tasks being undertaken remotely. This will not have to take place in Manchester.

The Associate Artistic Director will be offered a salary of (up to) £30,000pa pro rata for the 18-month period.

The Associate Artistic Director will be part of the senior management team at Sheffield Theatres. Over the course of the residency they will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, experience and skills in:

  • Artistic leadership; building internal and external relationships as a senior manager
  • Making work on a scale they haven’t previously
  • Programming; creating dialogue with audiences
  • Fundraising
  • Public funding, stakeholders, financial planning
  • Governance
  • Artist development/commissioning of work
  • Creative learning/outreach

Time at RTYDS will provide the Associate Artistic Director with opportunities to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the ecology of the UK theatre industry and create relationships with buildings and companies across England
  • Build a national network of connections
  • Contribute meaningfully to the debate on equality, inclusion and diversity at a national level
  • Instigate and lead initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive
  • Experience leadership and governance in a small sector support organisation and contribute to strategic planning at a national scale

What will the Residency involve? 

 The successful participant will be mentored directly by the Artistic Director and Chief Executive and gain a wide range of experience.    

 Sheffield Theatres will provide the director with the opportunity over 18-months to: 

  • Become a member of the senior management team  
  • Contribute to the conception/development and delivery of the theatre’s artistic vision and programme  
  • Make work on the mid-scale (a chance to make work that is a step change; whether this is characterised by the size of the stage, production values and resources, cast size, the stature of the actors, the complexity of the design, prominence within the programme/season etc) 
  • Deliver a distinct project that drives a strategic objective of the theatre. This might focus for example on The Bank, Sheffield Theatres’ new talent development space, or contribute to work of Sheffield People’s Theatre and the development of the Learning and Participation department 
  • Take an active role in the planning of the theatres’ 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2021 

 RTYDS will provide the director with the opportunity over 18-months to:  

  • Experience of business planning and development of the company through creation of RTYDS 2022-2026 Business Plan, and other strategy documents and funding applications 
  • Lead on projects for RTYDS that have national reach and contribute to the company’s commitment to artist development. 
  • Deepen their understanding of the ecology of the UK theatre industry and create relationships with buildings and companies across England 
  • Contribute meaningfully to the debate on equality, inclusion and diversity at a national level 
  • Instigate and lead initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive 
  • Participate selection process for the relevant programme strands and attend Board meetings Contribute to RTYDS Craft and Career Development strand, including mentoring alumni, programming suitable content (live and digital) and implementing key projects 

 The residency will start in September 2020 and the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director will be offered at least one fully resourced professional mid-scale production as part of the residency.  

The scheme is open to any professional director who is resident in the UK at point of application with a strong professional track record of making work and a desire to learn about artistic leadership and to make significant work on the mid-scale (a chance to make work that is a step change; whether this is characterised by the size of the stage, production values and resources, cast size, the stature of the actors, the complexity of the design, prominence within the programme/season etc.).

You will have a demonstrable body of work, be in a position to lead on artist development initiatives and indicate a commitment to leadership. You might have established your own company, have gained transferable experience outside theatre in management or previously run a department. The residency will enable you to understand the challenges of artistic leadership in a theatre and contribute to RTYDS’s programmes.

There is no upper age limit, but you must be over 18 years old. All applicants must be resident in the UK at the point of application.
The role will involve working closely with local communities and artists. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to working in the North of England and to broadening cultural diversity among audiences and in theatre leadership.

RTYDS and Sheffield Theatres actively encourage people with different backgrounds and skills to join us and positively impact our teams and working practice. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour, D/deaf and disabled, LGBTQ+ directors / theatre makers or those experiencing barriers due to socio-economic background. This is a full-time role, but we would welcome applications from candidates who would wish to do it on a more flexible working pattern, for example due to caring responsibilities or access requirements relating to a disability. All D/deaf or disabled directors/theatre makers who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria will be invited for interview.

To apply, please send the following to application@rtyds.co.uk   

Large Print RTYDS Monitoring Form for Equal Opportunity 2019 Large Print 

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Your expression of interest statement should respond to the following:  

  • If there was a golden thread that ran through all of your work, what would that be? What’s the glue that sticks together the work that you’ve made and the work of others that you’ve enjoyed? 
  • How would the Associate Artistic Director residency contribute to your artistic development (with reference to both Sheffield Theatres and RTYDS)? 
  • What are your thoughts about the role of a producing theatre in a city such as Sheffield?  
  • What challenges and opportunities do you think we’ll see in British theatre over the next ten years, and what skills and qualities do you think artistic leaders will need to face them?  

More details about the role and Sheffield Theatres

Associate Artistic Director Job Description & Person Spec

Sheffield Theatres – Company Profile 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 23 December 2019.  

First Interviews will take place on 21st January 2019 in Sheffield and 22nd January 2019 in London. We will endeavour to interview directors in the location that’s more convenient for them.  

Second interviews will take place on Monday 10th February 2019 in Sheffield.  

RTYDS collects personal information when you apply for a programme. We will use this information to manage the recruitment process – including securely transferring your application to Sheffield Theatres and other members of the recruitment panel, conforming with employment or payroll legislation, reporting to funders on our workforce or to comply with other laws. For more information on how we use your personal information please see the RTYDS Privacy Policy.  

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 23 December 2019.  

 RTYDS is committed to providing a tailored and personal approach to recruitment. We will acknowledge all applications. If you are concerned we haven’t received your application, please contact Davinia Jokhi on daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk 

 First Interviews will take place on 21st January 2019 in Sheffield and 22nd January 2019 in London. We will endeavour to interview directors in the location that’s more convenient for them.  

 Second interviews will take place on Monday 10th February 2019 in Sheffield.  

 RTYDS Associate Artistic Director residency will commence in September 2020.  

 If you have any questions or queries regarding the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director please contact Davinia Jokhi, Project Producer on 0161 883 0296 or daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk  

Once applications are open, we are happy to answer questions at any point up to the deadline. If you would like to have a chat before submitting your application please contact Davinia Jokhi, Project Producer, or ring 0161 883 0296.

We understand that you may have very specific and individual access requirements and we’ll do our best to help on a case by case basis.

Please do contact us if you need any of the information in a different format and we’ll try to provide what you need.

Below are large print and dyslexia friendly versions of the application guidelines for directors, equal opportunities monitoring form and job description and person specification.

Guidelines

Dyslexia friendly Guidelines for Directors

Large Print Guidelines for Directors

Job description and personal specification

Dyslexia Friendly AAD Job Description

Large Print AAD Job Description

Equal Opportunities monitoring forms

RTYDS Monitoring Form for Equal Opportunity 2019 – Dyslexia friendly

RTYDS Monitoring Form for Equal Opportunity 2019 Large Print

Information for Theatres

This is an opportunity for a building-based theatre company in England to partner with RTYDS and to benefit from having an experienced director with a strong professional track-record in residence for 18 months. The Associate Artistic Director will develop their craft as a director while learning about the role of an artistic director in cultural leadership.

It is essential that the Associate Artistic Director has a demonstrable and substantial impact on their host organisation, but we also want to provide an opportunity for the director to impact on the wider theatre industry. To achieve this the Associate Artistic Director will spend some of their working time with RTYDS over the course of the 18-month residency. The director will represent both the host theatre and RTYDS at a national level contributing to debates and initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive.

The Associate Artistic Director will be a full-time equivalent role, split between the host theatre and RTYDS. The ratio of working time is expected to be 70% with the host theatre and 30% with RTYDS, with timings to be agreed so as to suit the theatre’s planning cycles and the Associate Artistic Directors directing and project commitments. When the Associate Artistic Director is working directly with RTYDS, the focus of the work will be nationwide, with some tasks being undertaken remotely. This will not have to take place in Manchester.

The Associate Artistic Director will be offered a salary of (up to) £30,000pa pro rata for the 18-month period, to which the host theatre will contribute £10,000. The balance of the salary, minimum employers pension contribution and employer’s national insurance will be provided by RTYDS.

We acknowledge that the Associate Artistic Director needs to fit within the existing structure of the host organisation, therefore the role title may need to be discussed with the selected theatre.

The theatre will integrate the Associate Artistic Director in the senior management team and deliver opportunities to develop knowledge, experience and skills in:

• Artistic leadership; building internal and external relationships as a senior manager
• Making work on a scale they haven’t previously
• Programming; creating dialogue with audiences
• Fundraising
• Public funding, stakeholders, financial planning
• Governance
• Artist development/commissioning of work
• Creative learning/outreach

Time working with RTYDS will provide the Associate Artistic Director with opportunities to:

• Deepen their understanding of the ecology of the UK theatre industry and create relationships with buildings and companies across England
• Build a national network of connections
• Contribute meaningfully to the debate on equality, inclusion and diversity at a national level
• Instigate and lead initiatives that make theatre more representative and inclusive
• Experience leadership and governance in a small sector support organisation and contribute to strategic planning at a national scale

This residency opportunity is aimed at professional, building-based, producing theatre companies in England (outside London), with a practising artistic director, a track record of education and outreach work and a commitment to artist development. Mid-scale touring or peripatetic producing companies may be considered in exceptional circumstances and they can apply as a consortium partner or in partnership with a building-based theatre.

Theatres can apply for more than one of RTYDS’s programmes at the same time. If you do so, you need to make clear how the strands would complement and support each other and demonstrate the capacity to support fully more than one initiative.

Working alongside RTYDS, the Artistic Director is required to take an active part in the selection process for candidates. They will be required to consider all applications and select and interview an agreed number of directors in a two-stage interview process. We expect that the successful participant will be mentored directly by the Artistic Director and Executive Director (or equivalent) and gain a wide range of experience.

The host theatre will need to be willing to provide a director with the opportunity over 18-months to:

• Become a member of the senior management team
• Contribute to the conception/development and delivery of the theatre’s artistic vision and programme
• Make work on the mid-scale (a chance to make work that is a step change; whether this is characterised by the size of the stage, production values and resources, cast size, the stature of the actors, the complexity of the design, prominence within the programme/season etc.)
• Deliver a distinct project that drives a strategic objective of the theatre. An example might be a discrete creative project, establishing a new strand of work, expanding an existing department e.g. literary etc.

The residency will start in September 2020 and the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director must be offered at least one fully resourced professional mid-scale production as part of the residency.

Your application with be assessed on the basis of:

• The quality of the proposal
• Demonstrable commitment and ability to provide a mid-scale show opportunity to the director
• The level of support and engagement available to the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director from the Artistic and Executive Directors (or equivalent)
• The commitment and experience of the theatre at all levels, including board, to inclusion, equality and diversity
• Understanding of the role of RTYDS
• Understanding of and commitment to leadership development

Decisions will be made by the board of RTYDS. Individual board members are not involved in considering applications from theatres to which they are personally connected.

Applications for this programme are now closed. The deadline for theatres and companies to apply for this round was 30 September 2019.

There will be an open call-out for directors in November 2019.

Deadline for applications has now passed.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director please contact Davinia Jokhi, Project Producer on 0161 883 0296 or daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk

We are happy to answer questions at any point up to the deadline. If you would like to have a chat before submitting your application please contact Davinia Jokhi, Project Producer, or ring 0161 883 0296.

“There is no doubt in my mind that without this extraordinary chance I would not have had the experience or confidence to be the director I am or to have set up the National Theatre of Scotland.”

Vicky Featherstone
Artistic Director, Royal Court Theatre