Supporting theatres to find, nurture and develop talented directors from entry level to leadership

RTYDS 18-Month Residencies will take place at Tobacco Factory, Bristol, and Leeds Playhouse for the first time.

Directors can apply to RTYDS from today, 26 November 2018 to undertake a paid residency at one of these venues. The residencies offer exceptional work-based training to talented directors and potential artistic leaders with an opportunity to direct their own show.

RTYDS will also support seven talented directors from under-represented backgrounds with a paid Three Month Placement at their local theatre. Three-Month Placements develop their directing skills, gain experience working on professional productions and develop confidence and contacts.

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There will be four Introduction to Directing projects to be hosted by: The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford, Middle Child Theatre Company in Hull, New Vic Theatre in Stoke and Leeds Playhouse, supporting at least twenty potential theatre directors.

Sue Emmas RTYDS Artistic Director said: “RTYDS is addressing the imbalance of opportunities between London and the regions and creating pathways for talented directors to build professional careers. Half of the theatres we are working with this year are new partners for RTYDS. We will be supporting seven new directors through our Three-Month Placements, up to forty new directors through Introduction to Directing courses and two directors will spend 18-Months honing their craft in Leeds and Bristol respectively.