RTYDS & Northern Stage launch new Pilot Associate Directorship

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) has launched a new Pilot Associate Directorship in partnership with Northern Stage aimed at preparing directors for artistic leadership.  

The recipient of this award is Elayce Ismail, who said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Northern Stage as the RTYDS Associate Director as this fantastic opportunity will allow me to develop my artistic leadership skills in a practical and meaningful way. It’s hugely exciting to have the chance to make work on a bigger scale and at a venue as vibrant and creatively ambitious as Northern Stage. I’m very much looking forward to joining the artistic community of the North East!"

Lorne Campbell, Artistic Director, Northern Stage: “I am delighted to welcome Elayce Ismail to Northern Stage as RTYDS Associate Director for the next 18 months. Elayce is one of the most exciting directors of her generation and this scheme will enable her to develop her work on a larger scale, embed herself within a vibrant, diverse regional creative context and develop the key organisational skills and perspectives to emerge as a future artistic director.”

The Pilot Associate Directorship is new in 2017. In partnership with RTYDS we are piloting a new model for a part-time associate director. Aimed at a director with a strong professional track record, it will provide access to making work on the middle scale and to direct learning about the role of an artistic director.  Simultaneously the associate will be able to pursue elements of the portfolio career of the contemporary freelance director.

Read more in The Stage and Broadway World.

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 our programmes RTYDS works in partnerships to provide transformational opportunities with theatres that share our commitment to supporting talent and reducing the barriers to working in theatre. Our new base at Manchester Royal Exchange is at the centre of the Northwest’s theatre producing, and our new Associate Director residency at Northern Stage will further increase the impact of our work and provide an accessible route into theatre directing from entry level to artistic leadership." 

Enabled by its new funding, RTYDS now supports a nationwide structure of paid opportunities for career development for emerging directors from under represented backgrounds.

It provides a comprehensive programme of director training workshops and masterclasses as well as partnering with theatres and organisations countrywide to find, nurture and develop talented directors.

In the coming year RTYDS will work with over 250 new and emerging directors with six Introduction to Directing projects, three 18-Month Residencies and the pilot Associate Directorship.

And in what is often an isolated and competitive profession, RTYDS aim to facilitate a nationwide community by supporting directors and enabling directors to support each other through a Craft and Career Development Programme that will reach around 200 directors across the country with workshops and masterclasses. 

Ten new RTYDS projects have been announced:

  • 18-Month paid Assistant Director Residencies will take place at three major theatres; Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Directors 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.
  • Three-Month Placements will take place at Nottingham Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse with directors Katie Brailsford, Sushil Chudasama and Hannah Petley respectively.
  • Introduction to Directing projects will be hosted by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Dukes, Lancaster, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Eclipse Theatre with Slate network in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, supporting up to forty new theatre directors to start their professional careers.

Published on 18/05/2017 10:51:58

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