18-Month paid Assistant Director Residencies will take place at three major theatres; Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Directors can apply to RTYDS to become a paid Resident Assistant Director at one of these theatres. The residencies offer exceptional work-based training to talented directors and potential artistic leaders with an opportunity to direct their own show (deadline 8th May 2017).

Paid Three-Month Placements will take place at Nottingham Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse with directors Katie Brailsford, Sushil Chudasama and Hannah Treadaway respectively.

Introduction to Directing projects will be hosted by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Dukes, Lancaster, Eclipse:Slate network in Sheffield and South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Playhouse with Common Wealth Theatre, Leeds, supporting up to forty new theatre directors to start their professional careers.

RTYDS Three-Month Placements and Introduction to Directing projects are designed to support directors from backgrounds that are currently under-represented in theatre as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.

Sue Emmas RTYDS Artistic Director said;
“There is no limit to the talent, ideas and vision of directors making work in England today. However, there aren’t always the opportunities that enable directors to learn skills, find collaborators and make exceptional work. Through these three programmes RTYDS works in partnership to provide transformational opportunities with theatres that share our commitment to supporting talent and reducing the barriers to working in theatre today.”