Other opportunities for Directors2018-09-13T15:43:47+00:00

Other Opportunities for Directors

Please find below a list of the some of the awards and schemes for emerging theatre directors.

“RTYDS is an invaluable organisation that helps us make a difference to the national landscape”

Elizabeth Newman
Artistic Director, Octagon Theatre Bolton


RTYDS and The Royal Exchange Theatre – D/deaf Directors Introduction to Directing

Do you identify as D/deaf?  

Do you live in the UK?  

Do you want to be a theatre director or theatre maker?

The Royal Exchange Theatre and its associate company Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) are on the lookout for 5 D/deaf directors and theatre makers from the UK to tackle the lack of people applying for directing opportunities, and to offer continued support for those who are eager for the next stage in their development.

WE ARE RUNNING:

• Introduction to Directing – a RTYDS programme for five potential or new early career D/deaf directors which will focus on storytelling and theatrical techniques (including devising and script work) led by a core creative team at the Royal Exchange.

The programme is free and will be run in a supportive learning environment.

HOW TO APPLY?

Stage One – Please tell us about you and your experience:

– Your interest in directing and making theatre

– Your experience working in theatre including any work as actor, writer, youth theatre director etc and any experience you’ve had as a director or assistant

– Tell us what type of theatre resonates with you

You can submit in any format that is accessible to you – a BSL video (up to three minutes) or an email (no longer than one sheet of A4).

Stage Two – An informal chat

We’re extremely keen to meet so once you’ve sent your document required in stage one, we’ll set up an informal chat with you, so you can learn more about the programme and we can get to know you. The informal chat will last around 20 minutes and will cover the information you’ve provided in your application. We will also talk about travel and accommodation needs as well as the bursary support available to cover any loss of earnings.

All chats will be over Skype and will take place on Monday 15 October.

You will have the opportunity to meet with Amit Sharma and Bryony Shanahan from the Royal Exchange Theatre or Sue Emmas from RTYDS.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Dates for the programme will be on Monday 12 November - Friday 16 November 2018, running five days consecutively. You will also have the opportunity to watch a Royal Exchange production. The days will run from 11am – 5pm.

Access costs, travel and accommodation will be covered. We also have a bursary available for participants to cover any loss of earnings.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

Please send your ‘Tell us about yourself’ document or video along with the access audit document to artist.development@royalexchange.co.uk by 11am on Monday 8 October 2018.


RTYDS and The Royal Exchange Theatre  – Disabled Directors Workshops

Do you identify as disabled?
Do you live in the North West?
Do you want to be a theatre director or theatre maker?
Have you encountered barriers in your ambitions to work in theatre?

The Royal Exchange Theatre and its associate company Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) are on the lookout for 10 disabled directors and theatre makers from the North West to tackle the lack of people applying for directing opportunities, and to offer continued support for those who are eager
for the next stage in their development.

WE ARE RUNNING TWO COURSES:

• Introduction to Directing – a RTYDS programme for five potential or new early career disabled directors which will focus on storytelling and theatrical techniques (including devising and script work) led by a core creative team at the Royal Exchange.

• A programme for  five disabled directors who have some level of experience, which will focus on storytelling, talking about your work and funding applications as well as featuring a guest tutor from the industry.

Both programmes are free and will be run in a supportive learning environment.

Dates for both programmes are Monday 24 September - Friday 28 September 2018, running five days consecutively. You will also have the opportunity to watch a Royal Exchange production. The days will run from 11am – 5pm.

Access costs, travel and accommodation will be covered. We also have a bursary available for participants to cover any loss of earnings.

Deadline for applications 11am on Monday 20 August 2018

More information on how to apply here


Observer Mondays – The Royal Exchange Theatre

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR ASPIRING DIRECTORS, THEATRE-MAKERS AND FACILITATORS BASED IN GREATER MANCHESTER
As part of our ongoing commitment to nurture, support and inspire local theatre-makers, the Royal Exchange Theatre offers directors based in Greater Manchester the opportunity to observe the journey of a production through rehearsals with our Observer Mondays Scheme.

Within the creative and supportive environment of this major producing theatre, selected participants will be assigned to a production of their choice and invited to observe rehearsals every Monday from the first day through to Press Night. They will receive mentoring from one of our Associate Artistic Director, tickets to see the production and a one-to-one meeting with the director of the production.

The times of the rehearsal will be dictated by the director and may vary. You should expect to be in attendance approximately between 9am – 6pm.

QUEEN MARGARET
by Jeanie O’Hare. Taken from William Shakespeare
Director Elizabeth Freestone

DEATH OF A SALESMAN
By Arthur Miller
Director Sarah Frankcom

THE PRODUCERS
A Mel Brooks Musical
Director Raz Shaw

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
by Bertolt Brecht. A new adaptation by Anna Jordon.
Director Amy Hodge

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HighTide Theatre, Artistic Director

The closing date for applications is Monday 8 October 2018

We are looking for an Artistic Director to succeed co-founder Steven Atkinson who has decided to step down in 2019 after 12 years.

The Artistic Director sets the strategic vision for HighTide and provides artistic leadership. Answerable to the Board and working in collaboration with the Executive Producer, the Artistic Director is responsible for the long term sustainability of the organisation.

HighTide is looking for an outstanding and talented individual who will lead the theatre with passion, imagination, integrity and a commitment to the mission, objectives and values of the theatre. S/he will have had experience of theatre (for example, as a director, producer or playwright) – but it is not a requirement that s/he has worked as a director or assistant director.

The appointment will be made in December this year with the expectation that the successful candidate will join HighTide in April 2019.

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RTYDS and Making Room, Sheffield – Workshop with Roy Alexander Weise

As part of our alumni’s continued professional development, RTYDS invite you to a Free workshop with director Roy Alexander Weise.

If you would like to attend this workshop please email daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk  and let us know which RTYDS scheme you took part in.

The workshop will take place in the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on Friday 4th May from 6pm – 9pm. Please arrive five minutes before 6pm at the Lyceum Stage Door .

About The workshop

Fresh from directing NINE NIGHT at The National Theatre Roy Alexander Weise will run a workshop exploring the director’s relationship with collaborations, new work and working with writers.  The session will explore the initial generation of ideas to redrafting, casting, design, rehearsals and how to create a strong and collaborative writer / director relationship.  He will troubleshoot his past experiences and also provide opportunities to ask questions and open out the discussion to investigate best practice.  There will be a combination of discussion and practical activities and Roy will open the discussion out to investigate best practice.

This workshop is aimed at early career theatre makers and directors who wish to explore their understanding of directing new work.

About Roy

Roy Alexander Weise is the 19th annual winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall at the Young Vic.

Theatre credits include: NINE NIGHT (National Theatre); BR’ER COTTON (Theatre 503); HERETIC VOICES (Arcola Theatre); JEKYLL AND HYDE (National Youth Theatre); DEAD DON’T FLOSS (National Theatre); THE UGLY ONE (Park Theatre, Buckland Theatre Company); THE DARK (Fuel & Ovalhouse); ZERO FOR THE YOUNG DUDES (Young & Talented in association with NT Connections); THE MOUNTAINTOP (Young Vic); PRIMETIME (Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre); and STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre).

Assistant Director credits include: HANGMEN (Royal Court and West End); X, ESCAPED ALONE, YOU FOR ME FOR YOU, PRIMETIME 2015, VIOLENCE AND SON, WHO CARES, LIBERIAN GIRL (Royal Court); ALBION, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT…(Bush Theatre); and THE SERPENT’S TOOTH (Talawa /Almeida Theatre).

For Television, Roy was Trainee Director on INVISIBLE (Red Room/Ballet Boys/Channel 4).

Roy has previously worked at the Royal Court as the Trainee Director, at the Bush Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith as the BBC Theatre Fellow and at The Red Room as Associate Artist.

Roy is now Associate Director at the Harts Theatre Company and Lead Acting Tutor at Young & Talented School of Stage & Screen.


Boris Karloff Foundation Trainee Assistant Director Scheme

The Boris Karloff Foundation Trainee Assistant Director Scheme provides an opportunity for a director to gain experience working on a show presented at or produced by the Young Vic. The directors should have limited experience of directing but be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in theatre directing.

The opportunity to support the director in rehearsals, previews and run of a show will provide the trainee assistant director experience of the etiquette of the rehearsal room, the relationships between the creative team, the craft of the actor etc. They will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a supported environment working alongside a director on a professional production.

The chance to assistant a director in the rehearsal and production process of a show will give the trainee the where-with-all to apply for other assistant director roles, either at the Young Vic or elsewhere, with confidence and with an informed understanding of the skills and expertise they need to demonstrate to a potential employee/director.

At present we are looking for a trainee assistant to work on a production to be directed by Caroline Byrne. Directors who are invited to meet Caroline will know which text she will be directing. This production will perform at the Young Vic and other spaces beyond the theatre.

You will need to be available full-time during a research and development period from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 June, and for rehearsals from Monday 22 October to Saturday 17 November. During the run (Monday 19 November to Saturday 1 December) the trainee will continue their connection with the show as and when their other commitments allow.

Fee: £2,000

Criteria for application
We accept that it is hard for all directors to secure paid high quality assisting work and through the scheme we aim to provide opportunities on all our shows. This scheme is particularly aimed at new directors who fit the following criteria.

Essential
• Have seen work at the Young Vic
• Are a member of the Young Vic Directors Program
• Have less than two years’ experience of working professionally in theatre as a director but can demonstrate a commitment to a career as a theatre director
• Have not assisted at a theatre equivalent to the scale and reputation of the Young Vic
• Have not studied to MA level or above.

Desirable
• Have not studied to degree level or at a drama school
• Under 26

We are particularly keen to hear from people of colour , people who identify as D/deaf or disabled directors, people experiencing mental health issues, and those who have not studied to degree level. As part of our commitment as Disability Confident employer all D/deaf and disabled candidates who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria will be invited for interview.

If you would like to apply please send the following information:
• A CV (no more than one A4 page)
• up to 200 words on three things you would specifically like to learn from assisting Up to 200 words on what you feel are the personal and external barriers that are preventing you from getting where you want to be as a director.

Please complete the equal opportunities form attached.

Please clearly state that you are free for the relevant dates.

If you are D/deaf, disabled, experiencing mental health issues or are neuro diverse please let us know if there are reasonable adjustments we need to consider making if you are invited to interview. This might include, hearing loop, BSL interpreter, quiet environment, longer interview time etc.

Please email your application to Sue Emmas, Associate Artistic Director of the Young Vic at directorsprogram@youngvic.org.

Deadlines for applications is midday on Tuesday 24 April. Depending on the number of applications there may be a number of stages in the selection process before a shortlist of directors are invited to meet Caroline in week commencing 14 May. If you know you are not available during this week due to other commitments please let us know when you apply.


Exploring Theatrical Form with Javaad Alipoor

Wednesday 7 March 2018
6-9pm
The Royal Exchange Theatre
FREE

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

RTYDS in partnership with The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester are giving you, as past participants of RTYDS training, the opportunity to attend a workshop on form and content in contemporary political theatre.

This collaborative workshop is aimed at directors at emerging and mid-career levels who are interested in exploring how theatrical form, especially in conversation with live art and emergent digital practice can shape the way we tell stories. Beginning by analysing some examples of this practice, we will break into groups to workshop different examples, drawn from our own practice, and hopefully leave with some practical and exciting ideas.

ABOUT JAVAAD

Javaad Alipoor is a writer, director and political activist. He is artistic director of Northern Lines and Associate Director of Sheffiled Theatres. His most recent play The Believers Are But Brothers won a fringe first, and was nominated for Total Theatre and Stage award for Innovation, before transferring to The Bush.

He is a founding member of #BradfordSaysEveryoneStays a pro EU migrant organisation and The Syria Solidarity Campaign. His poetry has been published by Art in Unusual
places, his writing on social theory by Continuum and UnKant, and newspapers like The Stage, The Independent and others.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in attending this workshop please email Davinia Jokhi (Project Producer) on daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk by Friday 2 March 2018.

Please let us know if you have any access requirements. You can contact Davinia Jokhi on the email above or on 0161 883 0296


CV Surgery

Monday 5th February 2018
10 – 11pm on Skype
11 – 1pm at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Creating a CV seems a simple task but the advice available is often not relevant to theatre or in pretty short supply. CVs are important as invariably they are the first contact you have with a theatre or an individual. It needs to clearly and concisely outline your experience and skills and give the reader a reason to meet you.

There will be two group sessions at 11am- 12pm and 12pm – 1pm which will take place at Royal Exchange Theatre. Each session aims to answer any questions you might have, such as how long should it be, should I include a photo, are press quotes a good idea, does a personal statement give a context to my work etc.

There are 8 places per session and the short but hopefully practical meeting will provide advice on how to make your CV work for you.

However, if you are unable to attend in person you can sign up to a 15 minute one to one session over Skype between 10 – 11pm.

The session will be led by Sue Emmas, Artistic Director, RTYDS and Associate Artistic Director, Young Vic.

If you are interested in attending one of the sessions or would like to sign up for a Skype one to one please email Davinia Jokhi (Project Producer) on daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk by Thursday 1 February. Please also send your CV.

If you are interested in the CV Surgery but aren’t free to attend on this date please let us know and we can contact you when we have other sessions available.

If you have any access requirements please let us know.

Reach Out – Young Vic Directors Program

Reach Out – Young Vic Directors Program
Free Workshops for Directors and Theatre Makers
September 2017 – February 2018

Young Vic in association with Exeter Northcott, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative and Bristol Old Vic are holding a series of two-day intensive workshops for directors and theatre makers who live and work in the South West.

Each session will be for between 15 – 20 directors / theatre makers who have been working professionally for more than a year. Each session will have a particular focus and it is possible to come to one or more of the sessions.

Wiltshire Creative Friday 12 – Saturday 13 January 2018
Integrated casting and working with performers and creatives with different abilities

Friday 12 January
11.00am -12 noon Introduction and tour of Wiltshire Creative with Jo Newman

12.00 noon – 6.00pm Workshop with Amit Sharma – making accessible performances, inclusive
casting and thinking creatively about access from a director’s perspective
(with a break for lunch)

7.45pm Fall Out by Old Kent Road in the Salberg at Wiltshire Creative (£5 ticket offer)

Saturday 13 January
10am – 4.00 pm Workshop with Vanessa Brookes – the Silent Approach. A non-verbal
inclusive approach for integrated rehearsal rooms when making work
featuring learning disabled and non-disabled actors (with break for lunch)

4.00pm – 4.30pm Q&A and round up with Jo Newman

If you would like to sign up to the two days at Wiltshire Creative please click here and fill in your details by midday on Thursday 4 January. Please also let us know where you are based.

Discount tickets to Fall Out on Friday 13 January are available for £5. Please let us know if you would like to book a ticket for the show. You do not have to see the show to take part in the workshop on the Friday or Saturday.

If have any access requirements please let us know.

If you can’t make the workshop but would like to find out more about the Young Vic Directors Program please visit our website. The program provides support for professional directors at the early stages of their career, offering a range of opportunities to help directors develop their craft. These include skills workshops, peer-led projects, and paid assistant directing roles. The activity takes place in and beyond London and is free. There are also Go See Funds to help with expenses so you can take part in Young Vic activities and projects in London.

More information will follow regarding the workshops at Bristol Old Vic on Friday 16 – Saturday 17 February 2018. The focus will be on making political theatre.


Reach Out: Young Vic
Making Theatre for Children and Young People

Friday 15th December 2017
10am – 6pm
York Theatre Royal

Young Vic and York Theatre Royal are co-hosting a day-long workshop exploring making theatre for children and young people.

There will be two sessions and an opportunity to see a show aimed at children three an above.

The morning session will look at work for children aged between five to 11.

There will then be an opportunity to see a performance of The Book of Dragons at 1.00pm in the Studio at York Theatre Royal, which is suitable for ages three and above. This will be followed by a discussion with adaptor and director of the production, Juliet Forster (Associate Director of York Theatre Royal).

The third session of the day will look at work for children over 11 years of age.

The practitioners to lead the first and third session will be confirmed within the next two weeks.

This workshop day is aimed at directors and theatre-makers who are either currently making work for young people, or who have a curiosity in learning more about this area. Ten directors and theatre-makers will be able to participate; if interest exceeds the availability of places, priority will be given to those based in Yorkshire and the North East.

If you have any access requirements please get in touch.

If you would like to attend please click here and fill in your details, and write 200 words about why you would like to take part, by midday on Wednesday 22 November. Please also send a copy of your CV to directorsprogram@youngvic.org.

If you have any access requirements please get in touch


Resident Assistant Director

For over fifteen years, the Donmar has run one of the most successful training schemes for young directors in the industry. The role of Resident Assistant Director (RAD) provides a year of training for emerging directors who get the opportunity to assist on Donmar productions, as well as offering insight on casting, scheduling, fundraising and education. The role is responsible for supporting the smooth running of rehearsals, tech and previews, and many other aspects of the production process. Previous incumbents include current Artistic Director Josie Rourke, Rupert Goold, Sasha Wares and Charlotte Westenra.

Start Date: Tuesday 03 April 2018 (1 year fixed term)

All applications must be received by 10am Wednesday 29 November 2017

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Assistant Director, Bernstein’s MASS

Southbank Centre are looking for an Assistant Director to work closely with Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, Conductor Marin Alsop and an experienced team of artists to deliver a large scale production of Bernstein’s MASS.

Taking place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 April 2018 in the Royal Festival Hall, this production will feature the National Youth Orchestra, professional singers, a street chorus, a mass choir of non-professional singers, a marching band and student dancers. You can read more about the production on our website here

Essential Criteria
• Early – Mid Career Assistant Director
• Confident reading music
• Comfortable working with movement, singers and musicians
• Able to work effectively with professionals and non professionals
• Confident collaborating with an experienced artistic delivery team
• A background in Musical Theatre or Opera

The Assistant Director will directly support the Artistic Director and Artistic Team to keep the production running smoothly. They will be required to work with children, young people, adults both professional and non professional. A willingness to collaborate is essential. He/she must possess excellent communication and organisational skills, a flexible approach to working, be self-motivated, efficient, and creative. Experience working with movement and singers is especially important.

At Southbank Centre, we present work for everyone and we welcome applications from everyone. By attracting people to work for us from a broad range of backgrounds with diverse attitudes, opinions and beliefs we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and deaf and disabled people as they are currently under-represented across our workforce.

Expressions of interest: If you are interested in applying for the role and meet the criteria above please send a CV to Katie Roberts (Producer) – katie.roberts@southbankcentre.co.uk


Assistant Director Wanted (Paid)

Arch 468 is looking for an Assistant Director to work with director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord on their production of Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson.

Spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock wants to die already. She’s been sick with cancer for almost as long as she can remember and the pain has made her so mean that there’s no one left who loves her. She just wants to give up, but now she’s going to have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her very Christian nurse to help her end it.

But Veronika isn’t all she seems, and before Carolyn can die in peace, they’ll both need to let go of everything they believe about what is right.

Dead and Breathing is an unexpectedly funny tale of morality and mortality that pits the right to die against the right to live on your own terms.

Key Info

Production: Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord
Role: Assistant Director
Co-producers: Arch 468 , Unity Theatre & The Albany
Rehearsals: 15 Jan – 6 Feb 2018 (London)
Performances: Unity (Liverpool) 7 – 17 Feb 2018
The Albany (London) 19 Feb – 3 March 2018
Fee: £1500 for the full period plus travel and accommodation outside London as appropriate.

The Assistant Director will be required to assist the director as required during rehearsals in London and production week in Liverpool (accommodation and return travel to Liverpool provided), to attend the London tech period between 18 and 20 February and to see and note the production regularly during the run to maintain performance standards.

Because of the nature of the production, applicants who identify as BAME, trans or gender queer will be guaranteed an interview. Please state this clearly in your application.

To apply:
Please email your CV along with your answers to the following questions to elodie@arch468.com
1. Why do you make theatre? (200 words max)
2. Tell us about the piece of theatre you’ve seen that felt most meaningful to you. (200 words max)
3. What do you want to learn from this role if appointed? (200 words max)

Application Deadline: 5pm on Monday 20th November
Interviews: w/c 27th November


Headlong Director Meeting Day

Headlong is committed to providing opportunities for directors in the early stages of their career to develop their craft and to expand their knowledge and practice. If you’re an emerging director, we want you to have an opportunity to meet with Headlong’s Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin on 8 December 2017 to discuss your career and share a bit more about your work and experience.

We are looking for people who:
• Have assistant directed on at least one professional production (running for no less than three weeks)
• Have directed at least one professional production (running for at least one week with professional – not student – actors)
• Have flexible availability to meet with Jeremy Herrin on 8 December. Please don’t apply if you are not available on this date
• Are a UK resident

To apply please send your CV along with a paragraph about why you want to meet with us to info@headlong.co.uk. These applications should be typed and please ensure you include your name on all the pages you submit.

The deadline for applications is 27 November.

We will let everyone know the outcome of applications regardless of whether or not they have been invited for a meeting. If your availability changes, please contact us so that we can withdraw your expression of interest.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic directors.


Resident Director (Pool), Almeida Theatre

The Almeida is a London theatre company with a national and international reputation for producing work of the highest standard – achieving recognition through consistent critical acclaim, increasing national reach, international profile, full houses and breadth of audiences.

We are currently looking to meet with emerging theatre directors who would like to become part of a network of directors attached to the Almeida Theatre and who would like to develop skills and hone their craft for a year with the support of the Almeida’s Artistic and Participation teams.

We would love to learn more about you, your interests and your work with the view of connecting you to suitable shows and projects at the Almeida as and when they arise.

A fee will be paid on a project by project basis, which is inline with UK Theatre / Equity guidelines.

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New Worsley Theatre – Assistant Director

We are looking for an Assistant Director to join the team for a 12 month placement.
The Assistant Director will work with our Artistic and Creative Learning Teams on the realisation of a high-quality and creatively exciting programme of core produced work on the theatre’s main stages and within the theatre’s Creative Learning programme, whilst also developing skills, experience and confidence within their own creative practice.

If you have a passion for theatre, have experience of directing or participating in plays or projects (in a professional or amateur context), and are aspiring to become a Theatre Director, we would love to hear from you.

We are particularly interested in hearing from D/deaf and disabled applicants.

As an organisation accredited by the Job Centre as a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all D/deaf and disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this placement.

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New Vic Theatre – Directing in the Round – Workshop

Fri 22 September 2017

10am – 5pm
(with an option to watch the evening performance)

New Vic Theatre

FREE

THE WORKSHOP

RTYDS in partnership with The New Vic Theatre are giving you, as past participants of RTYDS training, the opportunity to attend a workshop on Directing in the Round.

Aimed at early career directors, this workshop will be led from 10am-1pm by Gwenda Hughes (currently directing The Pitmen Painters) and in the afternoon, you will spend time with Theresa Heskins, Artistic Director of the New Vic and Ellie Taylor, Resident Assistant Director.
Learn how directors approach work in this unique space and how directors might tackle the challenges of creating and staging theatre in the round.

Following the workshop there will be an opportunity to meet other resident creatives at the New Vic Theatre, to discuss their role and work.
You are then invited to see The Pitmen Painters at 7.30pm, FREE of charge, where you will get the chance to see Gwenda’s work in action.

More information about the show here

ABOUT

Gwenda Hughes – Director

Gwenda was an actor in theatre and television in the 1970’s. She was an Associate Director of Theatre Centre, Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre in Education Company for three years and Associate Director of Birmingham Rep for nine. While at Birmingham, she directed over 25 productions including the Olivier Award winning musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. From 1998 to 2006 she was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the New Vic Theatre in North Staffordshire. She has worked as a freelance director for, among many others, Oldham Coliseum, the Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster, Women and Theatre, Language Alive and LAMDA. She was a council member of Arts Council, West Midlands and is, at present, one of the directing team for BBC Radio 4’s, THE ARCHERS.

Theresa Heskins  – Director and Adaptor

Theresa is Artistic Director of the New Vic and has recently directed Around the World in Eighty Days (co-production with the Royal Exchange and Kenny Wax Family Entertainment); The Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood & Marian, Hoard Festival and Dracula.  Theresa has written plays and screenplays for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, ITV and BBC Radio.  This Christmas her adaptation of Alice in Wonderland will be at Northern Stage and The Borrowers will be at the Newbury Watermill.
Theresa studied at Oxford University and trained at Birmingham Rep on the ITV/Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

HOW TO APPLY

If you wish to reserve a place on this workshop please email daviniajokhi@rtyds.co.uk and state if you would also like to attend the performance of The Pitmen Painters in the evening.

Trainee Director – Royal Court Theatre

The Trainee Director supports and assists the Artistic Director, resident Associate Directors and visiting directors on productions, being present throughout rehearsals and noting the show during the course of the run.

Deadline 22 September 2017, 12pm

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Reach Out – Young Vic Directors Program
Free Workshops for Directors and Theatre Makers
September 2017 – February 2018

Young Vic in association with Exeter Northcott, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative and Bristol Old Vic are holding a series of two-day intensive workshops for directors and theatre makers who live and work in the South West.

Each session will be for between 15 – 20 directors / theatre makers who have been working professionally for more than a year. Each session will have a particular focus and it is possible to come to one or more of the sessions.

Exeter Northcott Friday 29 – Saturday 30 September 2017
Directing text and collaborating with a creative team

Friday 29 11.00 – 6.00pm Paul Jepson on directing text
Poppy Burton Morgan on directing verse

7.30pm Education, Education, Education Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal &
Derngate Northampton and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production

Saturday 30 11.00 – 4.30pm Jesse Jones co-director of Education, Education, Education on
creative collaborations
Poppy Burton Morgan roundup of weekend

If you would like to sign up to the two days at Exeter Northcott please click here and fill in your details by midday on Wednesday 13 September. Please also let us know where you are based.

Discount tickets to Education, Education, Education on Friday 28 September are available for £10. Please let us know if you would like to book a ticket for the show. You do not have to see the show to take part in the workshop on the Saturday.

More information will follow regarding the workshops at:

Theatre Royal Plymouth Friday 27 – Saturday 28 October 2017
Non-traditional approaches to working with text (adaptation and dramaturgy)

Wiltshire Creative Friday 12 – Saturday 13 January 2018
Integrated casting and working with performers and creatives with different abilities

Bristol Old Vic Friday 16 – Saturday 17 February 2018
Political theatre

Observer Mondays – Royal Exchange Theatre

As part of our ongoing commitment to nurture, support and inspire local theatre-makers, the Royal Exchange Theatre are able to offer directors based in Greater Manchester the opportunity to observe the journey of a production through rehearsals with our Observer Mondays Scheme.

Within the creative and supportive environment of this major producing theatre, selected participants will be assigned to a production of their choice and invited to observe rehearsals every Monday from the first day through to Press Night. They will receive mentoring from one of our Associate Artistic Director, tickets to see the production and a one-to-one meeting with the director of the production.

The times of the rehearsal will be dictated by the director and may vary. You should expect to be in attendance approximately between 9am – 6pm.

This season the four productions that we will be inviting directors to observe are:

Parliament Square
by James Fritz
Director Jude Christian

Jubilee
Adapted for the stage by Chris Goode
from the original screenplay by Derek Jarman & James Whaley
Director Chris Goode

Black Men Walking
by Testament
Director Dawn Walton

The Almighty Sometimes
by Kendall Feaver
Director Katy Rudd

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Jerwood Assistant Director Programme

The Young Vic is committed to providing opportunities for directors to develop their craft and to expand their knowledge and practice. Learning from experienced directors by assisting is a vital chance to develop skills and understanding. Equally, having the chance to spend time in a theatre and understand how the departments work together to produce work is also an important aspect of a director’s knowledge. Each year the Jerwood Assistant Director Program, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation will aim to provide six assistant directorships which include a residency at the Young Vic in addition to an attachment to a production.

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Trainee Assistant Director opportunities

The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry is looking for talented people to take up two paid Trainee Assistant Director opportunities in Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018. Through these opportunities we hope to provide valuable experience for the Trainee Assistant Directors, which will enable them to secure other work within the theatre industry.

The Trainee Assistant Director(s) will provide effective and efficient support to the Director(s) and the rest of the Company during rehearsals and previews for our productions of Godiva Rocks and The Gift.

Both engagements last for 5.5 weeks and have a fee of £2,000.

Godiva Rocks Assistant Director
Deadline for Applications: Monday 31 July 2017, 5pm
The Gift Assistant Director
Deadline for Applications: Monday 8 January 2018, 5pm

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Course: Stage Directions 2017 – HOME, Manchester

Do you want to have an impact on the world and let your voice be heard? Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a rehearsal room? Would you like to find out more about the role of a theatre director?

This Autumn, in partnership with Black Gold Arts, we’re running an intensive course in theatre directing led by established director Cheryl Martin (Associate Director at Contact, Resident Director at The Traverse, Edinburgh: MEN Theatre Award and Edinburgh Fringe First) alongside invited established directors and theatre makers.

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 Announcing The REP’s Introduction to Directing Course for D/deaf and Disabled Artists

 

The REP and the Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme (RTYDS) have today launced an Introduction to Directing course for West Midlands based new and emerging D/deaf and disabled directors in autumn 2017. The course will offer an amazing opportunity for anyone that has considered a career in directing or already has some experience but has faced barriers from pursuing it further.

The course will include weekly workshops with professional theatre directors and practitioners from both The REP and beyond focussing on the skills and resources individuals need to take work from the page to the stage and to continue to develop their craft.

The first workshop will begin on the evening of Wednesday 13 September 2017 and will run every week for 10 weeks culminating in a sharing of participants work to an invited audience.

Tessa Walker, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said: “I am delighted that The REP and RTYDS are able to offer this unique opportunity to D/deaf and Disabled directors from the region. To be able to welcome new directors into The REP and nurture and support them in the early stages of their directing life is a privilege and further strengthens our commitment to representing the diversity of our region in our theatre, in our stories and on our stages”.

Deadline for applications Friday 25 August 2017

Further details on how to apply can be found here.

 


Assistant Directing Opportunity

The JMK Trust in partnership with Northern Stage is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a young director based in the North East of England. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the North East of England who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.
The role
We are looking for an assistant director for Northern Stage’s upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Mark Calvert. The show is Theresa Heskin’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s book. It will be Northern Stage’s Christmas offering and will be performed in the epic space at Northern Stage.

The Creative Team is
Director: Mark Calvert
Designer: Rhys Jarman
Musical Director: Jeremy Bradfield
Lighting Designer: Colin Grenfell
Movement Director: Martin Hylton
Sound Designer: Nick John Williams

The assistant director will need to be available for:
Casting Workshop day in July 2017 – Date to be arranged
Rehearsals from 23rd October 2017
Technical from 20th November 2017
First preview 25th November 2017
Press: 30th November 2017
Closes: 6th January

Deadline to apply pm on 7th July 2017

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Recruiting for Directors for Theatre 503 Rapid Write

Rehearsals: 11th &19th August
All day tech with show in the evening 20th August
Second show 21st August

Rehearsal space is available at theatre 503 during the rehearsal week during the daytime. If you need additional time or different time slots they would encourage you to use space you are familiar with. You will also be in charge of your own casting although the theatre can supply a list of potential actors and support if needed.

This is a voluntary position for all involved but an excellent way to make yourself known to Theatre503 and its Artistic Team, may open opportunities for other paid work or is simply a great way to keep the juices flowing.

Please express your interest by July 10th by emailing your CV to thewritenetwork@gmail.com.


Laboratory Associate Director

To support the growth of the company, Nuffield is now recruiting for a Laboratory Associate Director.

Launched in 2015, the Laboratory Associate scheme provides an opportunity for early-career* creatives to undertake a one-year attachment, developing skills, creating a collaborative project and acting as artistic members of the Laboratory team.

Over the course of the year, the Laboratory Associate Director will assist a lead Director on two NST Productions, contribute to Laboratory’s programme of work, attend selected NST meetings and have the opportunity to lead a collaborative responsive project working with the Laboratory Associate Designers and Producer.

*Our definition of early career doesn’t just mean young and emerging.

To apply you will need to complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form which can be found below and return them to: alison.thurley@nstheatres.co.uk no later than 5pm on Friday 28th July 2017.

Please visit our jobs page for the job description and application form. https://www.nstheatres.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies


Introduction to Directing – SLATE in collaboration with RTYDS

This five-day residential workshop offers an introduction for Black* artists (18+) who are interested in exploring directing. This is a hands-on, practical week which offers a chance to work with leading black practitioners and professional actors. The week will include: working with text, devising, different starting points for creation, physical theatre and working with new media. Expenses, lunches and accommodation (for those from outside of Sheffield) will be covered by SLATE.

Dates: Monday 24th – Friday 28th July, 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Venue: The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

Closing date for applications: 3rd July 2017, midday

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Introduction to Directing – Dukes Lancaster

Fancy a free ticket to the Dukes Park show, Treasure Island? Fancy finding out how a Park show is made, and what the job of a director is like? This free course could be for you.

The Intro to Directing course offers practical training for people (over 18 years of age) who are interested in finding out whether or not a career as a director is for them.
Participants on our Introduction to Directing course will receive a comprehensive overview of the work of a professional theatre director with sessions on key aspects of the role and craft.

The course will be co-led by our new Artistic Director, Sarah Punshon and Alex Summers, Associate Director.

Closing date for applications:  5pm on 20th July.

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Assistant Director, Tobacco Factory Theatres and JMK Trust

We are looking for an Assistant Director for Tobacco Factory Theatres’s upcoming production of Waiting for Godot, directed by Mark Rosenblatt.

The JMK Trust in partnership with Tobacco Factory Theatres is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK Directors’ Group in Bristol. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director based in Bristol, who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

Please download the application pack and equalities form from our website: https://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/assistant-director/. The pack should help with any questions you might have about the job and the application process. However, if you have any further queries please contact us at recruitment@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

Applications by: Midnight, Sun 02 July 2017. We regret that applications received after this time cannot be considered.

Interviews: Week commencing Mon 24 July 2017
Expected Start Date: Mon 18 September 2017

Application method: CV and covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4 each) detailing:

– Why you are interested in working with Mark Rosenblatt on this production of Waiting for Godot at Tobacco Factory Theatres (and its subsequent tour to The Dukes Lancaster and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).

– Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role

– How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Bristol JMK Trust Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development

– Your commitment to living and making theatre in the South West.

Please send your application and equalities monitoring form to recruitment@tobaccofactorytheatres.com
In the subject bar please write ‘Assistant Director’.


Associate Director

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the UK’s only daily repertoire producer, is looking for a versatile and skilled Associate Director to join the team at Scotland’s famous Theatre in the Hills. Offered initially on a fixed-term, 23-month contract, the Associate Director post will cover a range of duties and responsibilities, encompassing in-house production and elements of Creative Learning, visiting company programming, artistic administration and external representation. It is hoped that the successful applicant will be able to start work at PFT in September or October of 2017. Salary: £28,000 p.a.

To receive further information about the post and an application form, please e-mail admin@pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com
The deadline for applications is Friday 23 June 2017 at 17:30

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Artistic Director

Kazzum are seeking a new Artistic Director to succeed Heidi Vaughan, who is leaving to join Bristol-based company Travelling Light as Artistic Producer. The ability to offer great ideas and energy alongside strong artistic leadership is essential for this role, as is a passion for creating high quality, inclusive productions and projects for young people. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape the artistic programme and direction of a dynamic Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Salary: Up to £36,000 (Dependent on experience)
Deadline: Friday 30th June
First round interviews: w/c 10th July
Second round interviews: w/c 17th July
Location: Bethnal Green, East London

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Director of Youth Theatre

We are seeking a Youth Theatre Director who has had experience of directing work within a community setting and a specific interest in working with young people in a participatory context. You will have the ability to inspire and energise young people to be active, creative members of our Youth Theatre and will grow the membership through the quality of the experience you offer and the sense of ownership you will create within the groups.

T&Cs: £21,000-£24,000 per annum pro rata dependent on experience. Permanent contract, currently at 0.4 per week (15 hrs). Ideal start date w/c 28th August.
To Apply: Please apply in writing with a covering letter – on no more than 2 sides of A4 – stating why you are interested in the post and enclosing your latest CV to zoe.bateman@glypt.co.uk by Monday 26th June at 10am.
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The Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic 2018

The Young Vic has a deep commitment to diversity. This is seen in the shows we create and present, as well as in the people we work with. We know that UK theatres have a long way to go to engage with and speak to the full range of experience of the people living in this country. We want to do what we can to change that. To help us be as inclusive as possible, our programming aims to embrace diversity, difference, ambition and excellence. In 2018, the Genesis Future Directors Award will be an opportunity for the Young Vic to meet and work with D/deaf and disabled directors, designer and / or actors.

We would like to receive proposals from:

  • D/deaf or disabled emerging directors
  • Emerging directors who want to work with a cast that includes D/deaf or disabled actors

Non-disabled directors should be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and access in their previous work, even if they have not yet directed a piece of fully integrated theatre.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12 June 2017. Download Guidelines for Application (.pdf)


Assistant Director x2, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are currently recruiting for two freelance Assistant Director positions, one for A Tale of Two Cities (rehearsals start 30 May), and one for Jesus Christ Superstar (rehearsals start 3 July). Both Productions are being directed by our Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader. We are looking for individuals with previous professional experience of directing and with the ambition to pursue directing as a career. The successful candidates will be expected to be full time throughout the rehearsal period until press night and then to attend the production once a week during the run. Closes: 12 May 2017 Read more


The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordon, Hants

The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordon, Hants require a director for premiere of Isadora – I Dance What I Am, a new One Act play about the mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan on 30 June 2017. The play is written and choreographed by Phoenix Dance Officer and actress Elizabeth Blake, who plays the role of Isadora. Closes: 18 May 2017 Read more


Associate Director, Cardboard Citizens

Cardboard Citizens are seeking to recruit an experienced director/facilitator to become a key driver of Cardboard Citizens’ artistic ambitions. Closes: 21 May 2017 Read more


Artistic Director / Joint Chief Executive, LIFT

LIFT is looking to appoint an Artistic Director / Joint Chief Executive to succeed Mark Ball who will leave LIFT in June 2017. For over three decades LIFT has presented the stories of the world to every corner of our city, pioneering new forms of theatre and setting the benchmark for internationalism in the arts. Working closely with major theatres, dance houses, museums and galleries, LIFT produces a biennial London-wide festival with commissioning at its heart, as well as year-round activity including large scale projects, national touring and participatory work. Closes: 30 May 2017 Read more


Assistant Director, Plymouth

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading presenter of theatre in the South West. Every year they recruit a resident Assistant Director, who observes and assists in the director of productions and other processes, leads workshops, assists with script reading, and works throughout the organisation. Read more


Main Stage Director Residency, run by Untitled Projects and the Citizens Theatre

Aimed at mid-career directors, this residency offers structured support in the transition from working in studio spaces to directing classic plays within a repertory system on a proscenium stage. The opportunity is for a director based in Scotland to work part-time over 2 years, directing a full production on the Citizens Main Stage. Read more


Trainee Director, Chichester Festival Theatre

A bursary for a Trainee Director to undertake two year vocational training at Chichester Festival Theatre. Read more


Young Vic Directors Program

For over ten years, the Young Vic has run a Directors Programme, the only scheme of its kind, providing positive and proactive support for directors. The Directors Programme is open to young professional directors at the early stages of their career (young is defined in terms of directing experience rather than age), and offers a range of opportunities to help them develop their craft. These include skills workshops, peer-led projects, paid assistant directing roles through the Jerwood Assistant Director Programme and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Programme on Young Vic productions, and an online network, the Genesis Directors Network. Read more


The JMK Young Director’s Award

Each year the JMK Trust provides up to 20 talented young directors with awards, guidance and development opportunities. A second award, supported by The Ian Ritchie Foundation, provides a smaller cash sum to be used to fund either a production or to enable further research to a selection of runner-up candidates. Read more


NT Studio

National Theatre Studio run a number of regular courses for directors, and offer two bursaries a year to emerging directors – the National Theatre Studio Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors (formerly the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Theatre Directors) (6 months) and the Bulldog Prinsep Bursary (6 months). Read more


The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award

The purpose of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award is to help the development of emerging practitioners engaged in bold, challenging and innovative performance and, in general, to encourage the new generation of creative artists. The Award is for a company or individual to create a show either for the Pit Theatre, Barbican, or a site-responsive, non-traditional show to take place in the East End of London or in the City of London. The winning show, either at the Pit, or, if site-responsive, elsewhere, will be part of the Barbican Theatre season. If it is a site-responsive show, it will, in addition to being part of the Barbican Theatre season, also be part of CREATE Festival. Read more


Resident Assistant Director Bursary: Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse offer a Resident Assistant Director bursary for a director to work on each Donmar production for a year. Read more


The Royal Court Trainee Director Scheme

An annual scheme, the which is an opportunity for a director to work at the Royal Court. They assist on several productions over the course of the year, attend script meetings and support the work of the Studio, Casting, Literary and International Departments. Read more


Finborough Theatre: Resident Assistant Director

As part of an individually tailored programme, the Resident Assistant Director will assist on at least two Finborough Theatre productions, will attend programming and policy meetings, be responsible for assisting the Resident Casting Director and will also work closely with the Finborough’s Literary Department as a scriptreader and on literary workshops. The successful applicant will also be required to support the management team of the Finborough Theatre with general administration throughout their placement. On successful completion of the placement, selected RADs will be offered the opportunity to present a Sunday/Monday production at the Finborough Theatre. This is an unpaid, training position lasting six months. Intakes are in January and July. Read more


The King’s Head Theatre Trainee Resident Director scheme

For the August 2016-July 2017 intake we will take on four trainees for one year on a part-time basis. During their time at the King’s Head, successful applicants will be attached individually to King’s Head productions as assistant stage managers, assistant producers and assistant directors. The directors will attend previews of all King’s Head productions, attend productions outside of the theatre on behalf of the King’s Head and be involved in all aspects of theatre production at the King’s Head. As King’s Head Team members, the trainee directors will get first hand experience of how an unfunded Off West End venue works as a whole across box office, administration and production. The directors will have direct access to the King’s Head Producer and Artistic Director in a mentor style relationship, allowing them to be in dialogue about further opportunities and workshops that might compliment what they are learning while working on King’s Head productions. The year will culminate with a public showcase for the trainee directors.

Information on how to apply can be found on our website: Read more

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