The opportunity 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, educational status or disability.
In this strand of our work we are particularly keen to encourage companies to support artists who are Black, South Asian, East or South East Asian, mixed or dual heritage, or have had a lived experience of racism, artists from working, benefit, criminal and underclass backgrounds, or those who identify as Deaf or disabled,
There is no upper age limit. The director must be resident in the UK at point of application and live near to the theatre or company.
The opportunity is for directors at the very start of their professional directing career. They may have taken part in an RTYDS Introduction to Directing project or they may be a director the theatre has met through outreach or participation work, training, or your artist development program. The theatre can apply with a director / theatre maker who is known to them or they can run an open recruitment process to identify the director.
The assistant 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 be able to show a commitment to a career in theatre directing. This is the chance for the assistant director to gain first-hand experience in a professional but supported environment.
We will work with the company or theatre to ensure that appropriate access provision is in place for all assistant directors. RTYDS will agree a contribution to access costs with each theatre.