The RTYDS 18-Month Residency is an opportunity for an emerging director/theatre maker (over 18 years of age, with no less than 18 months professional experience) to undertake high quality work-based training at one of England’s leading middle-scale producing theatre companies. Resident assistant directors are also offered an opportunity to make work at the theatre in which they are undertaking their training.
RTYDS selects up to four theatre companies to take part in this scheme and works with the artistic directors of the selected theatres to appoint the resident assistant director.
The resident assistant director will be mentored by the Artistic Director and gain a wide range of experience.
As the industry continues to address the challenges created by Covid-19, activities undertaken on the RTYDS 18-Month Residencies will vary in each theatre. Ideally each RTYDS 18-Month Residency will include assisting on productions, as well as programming, script reading and artist development. The resident assistant directors will be given experience in all the theatre’s functions and learn about strategic planning, finance, development, producing, press and marketing, administration etc. As part of the opportunity to make work, they might direct rehearsed readings, research and development projects, young people’s work and direct a piece of work.
For the 2020/21 residencies, we are working in partnership with Ramps on the Moon and at least one of the four RTYDS 18-Month Residencies will be awarded to a D/deaf or disabled director/ theatre maker. We are committed to this opportunity being open to everyone, whatever your circumstances, including if you have been shielding or continue to shield.
The RTYDS 18-Month Residency is a paid opportunity, with each resident assistant director receiving a salary of £25,000 per annum.