Associate Director2018-09-07T13:18:37+00:00

Associate Director

For directors with a strong professional track record

A diverse group of young people discuss theatre direction

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) has launched a new Pilot Associate Directorship in partnership with Northern Stage aimed at preparing directors for artistic leadership.

Portrait of Elayce IsmailThe recipient of this award is Elayce Ismail, who said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Northern Stage as the RTYDS Associate Director as this fantastic opportunity will allow me to develop my artistic leadership skills in a practical and meaningful way. It’s hugely exciting to have the chance to make work on a bigger scale and at a venue as vibrant and creatively ambitious as Northern Stage. I’m very much looking forward to joining the artistic community of the North East!”

Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director, Northern Stage: “I am delighted to welcome Elayce Ismail to Northern Stage as RTYDS Associate Director for the next 18 months. Elayce is one of the most exciting directors of her generation and this scheme will enable her to develop her work on a larger scale, embed herself within a vibrant, diverse regional creative context and develop the key organisational skills and perspectives to emerge as a future artistic director.”

The Pilot Associate Directorship is new in 2017. In partnership with RTYDS we are piloting a new model for a part-time associate director. Aimed at a director with a strong professional track record, it will provide access to making work on the middle scale and to direct learning about the role of an artistic director. Simultaneously the associate will be able to pursue elements of the portfolio career of the contemporary freelance director.

Information for Directors

This paid residency is for a director with a strong professional track record to enable them to develop their craft as a director and experience of artistic leadership.

Applications are now closed for this placement

In partnership with Northern Stage, RTYDS are piloting a new model for a part-time associate director programme. Aimed at a director with a strong professional track record, it will provide access to making work on the middle scale and to direct learning about the role of an artistic director. Simultaneously, the associate will be able to pursue elements of the portfolio career of the contemporary freelance director. The purpose of the programme is to enable a director to develop their craft as a theatre director, their understanding and experience of artistic leadership and to support the work of the Artistic Director.

Based at Northern Stage, for 18 months from May 2017, the Associate Director will direct a studio production and develop key skills in organisational management and operations, gaining insight and experience in theatre leadership. There is also a commitment to offer a main stage production in 2019.

A fee of £18,000 is offered for 30 weeks full time equivalent, flexible hours are by agreement. It is expected that the role will have periods of full time work, rehearsals, development periods etc. but also provide sufficient flexibility for freelance work.

You will have a track record of at least three full equity contract shows on the studio scale. The ideal candidate will either have a demonstrable track record and commitment to working in the North East or come from an under-represented group. We will particularly welcome applications from BAME, D/deaf and disabled, LGBTQ or candidates from backgrounds of experiencing barriers due to economic status.
Applications for this round are now closed. If you are interested in applying in future, please join our mailing list and we will contact you when the next round opens.

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“Being part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors’ Scheme is such a valuable opportunity and I can quite honestly say that it has changed my life.”
Jo Newman (Resident Assistant Director Salisbury Playhouse [now Wiltshire Creative] 2014-2016)

“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