The placement is for adults over 18 years of age from backgrounds currently under-represented in UK theatre as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability. In this aspect of our work we are particularly keen to encourage companies to support BAME and disabled directors at an early stage of their development. Although women are under-represented in theatre at a senior professional and leadership level, they are well represented among early career theatre directors. Companies should be clear when applying about how gender is a barrier to a particular individual’s career development. There is no upper age limit.
The new director will have had limited opportunities to make their own work, work as an assistant with professional actors, or study directing in an educational context. However, they should able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in theatre directing. This is the chance for the placement to gain first-hand experience in a professional but supported environment.
The director should live near to the company and should have demonstrated a specific interest in directing rather than in performing or any other theatre art.
If the theatre does not have an obvious candidate to nominate it might be useful to consider running an Introduction to Directing project first.
If a director has specific additional needs that may require additional support to enable them to attend the placement, please get in touch with RTYDS to discuss how we might be able to help.