Announcing three new RTYDS Assistant Director opportunities

Today, RTYDS announces the first RTYDS Assistant Director opportunities with three partner theatre companies; Freedom Studios and Mind the Gap in Bradford and Bristol-based company Wise Children. The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) Assistant Director bursaries provide directors and theatre makers with the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge working as an assistant [...]

2021-06-09T09:57:38+00:00June 9th, 2021|General, News|

RTYDS announces 18-Month Residency with Contact Theatre and launches two new programmes

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, Contact and Ramps on the Moon, today announce Sam Holley-Horseman as the recipient of the RTYDS 18-Month Residency, provided as part of the partnership between Ramps on the Moon and RTYDS. Sam will begin her residency at Contact in April 2021. Sue Emmas, RTYDS Artistic Director said: This is [...]

2021-04-08T14:58:46+00:00April 8th, 2021|General|

RTYDS 18-Month Residency Update

The trustees of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) have decided not to proceed with an 18-Month Residency at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. RTYDS is the UK’s foremost programme of professional development for directors and theatre makers. The RTYDS 18- Month Residency places talented, emerging directors as paid resident assistant directors with theatre companies [...]

2021-01-26T12:00:01+00:00January 26th, 2021|General, News|

Our Roundup of 2020

2020 is coming to a close and here at RTYDS we have been reflecting on the year and the challenges that we, and the rest of the sector, have faced. Like many organisations in the UK, we were forced to hit pause back in April. In difficult times, it has been more important than ever [...]

2020-12-21T16:32:39+00:00December 21st, 2020|General, News|

Anthony Lau announced as the first appointment through the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Scheme

Anthony Lau has been announced as the first appointment through the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Scheme and he will be joining Sheffield Theatres as their Associate Artistic Director. The Associate Artistic Director Scheme is part of RTYDS’ continuing commitment to the development of artistic directors as cultural leaders. RTYDS selected Sheffield Theatres back in November [...]

2020-09-29T14:14:18+00:00September 29th, 2020|General, News|

Useful Resources for Freelancers

We have put together this information page that we hope will be useful. It covers links to organisations offering financial support during the Covid-19 health emergency, advice on applications to ACE and discussion forums/groups you might like to join. This is a living document so if there are links you think it would be good [...]

2021-03-24T12:09:34+00:00August 12th, 2020|General, News|

Mohammed Ali Amla, participant of Introduction to Directing and New Directions, reflects on Introduction to Directing

Lockdown has refocused our attention on the importance of the arts and theatre, and the uncertainty of its survival going forward as society begins to adapt during this first wave of the pandemic. This has become a time of innovation for many in the arts, with growth, a change in direction, an opportunity to try [...]

2020-09-29T14:20:21+00:00August 11th, 2020|General, Guest Blog|

Class and Coronavirus

Class and Coronavirus is a project designed in immediate response to COVID 19 to ensure on and off-stage  workers from lower socio-economic backgrounds, more specifically on and offstage workers who identify as working, benefit, criminal, underclass backgrounds (WBCU-C) remain in the industry, develop skills, and progress to leadership. Initially set up by directors Stef O’Driscoll [...]

2020-12-18T14:47:23+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Guest Blog|

Freelance Task Force

On 10 June RTYDS joined more than 100 other arts organisations who have signed up to the Freelance Task Force, led by Fuel Theatre. RTYDS joined in recognition of the crucial role freelancers play in the industry, and the importance of organisations, funders and government listening to what they have to say about how we [...]

2020-06-12T13:15:27+00:00June 12th, 2020|General|

An open letter to theatre and performance makers

This is a letter to self-employed and freelance theatre and performance makers in the UK. To the actors, playwrights, directors, choreographers, stage managers, designers, stage crews and set-builders to name just a few. We really miss being with you during this period of lockdown. Making theatre and performance is a collaborative endeavour, so we are [...]

2020-06-12T09:41:00+00:00June 10th, 2020|General, News|