‘My RTYDS residency at Contact has led to a series of successful projects both as a director and as a performer. Most importantly it has allowed me to comfortably carry the title director, and accept it as a role that I can describe for myself with certainty.’

    Elmi Ali (former RTYDS resident director at Contact)


    We are proud to be one of the theatres hosting an emerging director for an 18 month residency with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

    This is an opportunity for a talented emerging theatre director/theatre maker (over 18) with no less than 18 months professional experience to undertake high quality work-based training at one of England’s leading middle-scale producing theatre companies. Resident directors are also offered a production at the theatre in which they are undertaking their training.

    At this round there are four host theatres with unique and varied programmes of work, and opportunities include a residency at Contact, Manchester where you will be working on young people’s devised work, professional socially-engaged work and an accessible family show. Assisting on musicals and new writing at Curve, Leicester, assisting on new plays, musicals and comedies, develop emerging artists, and directing community shows at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and working with Live Theatre, Newcastle who focus on new writing and talent development.

    In an exciting new initiative, this round RTYDS are working in partnership with Ramps on the Moon and at least one of the four RTYDS 18-Month Residencies will be awarded to a D/deaf or disabled director/ theatre maker.

    You should have a demonstrable commitment to a professional career as a director/theatre maker and a demonstrable interest in regional theatre and developing audiences. As well as directing, you should be interested in the artistic and operational running of a theatre building, cultural leadership and the wider role of the artistic director.

    You will be mentored by the Artistic Director of the theatre where you are resident, and gain a wide range of experience including assisting directors on productions, as well as programming, script reading and artist development. You will be given experience in all the theatre’s functions and learn about finance, development, producing, press and marketing, administration etc.

    As part of the opportunity to make work you might direct rehearsed readings, research and development projects, young people’s work and you may direct a production within the theatre’s programme.


    The scheme is open to any professional director who is resident in the UK at point of application, has at least 18 months to two years’ professional experience and can demonstrate a commitment to professional theatre directing and/or theatre making. (Vocational experience as part of an accredited training course at MA level can count as professional experience.) There is no upper age limit for the scheme, but directors must be in the early stages of their career.


    Please head over to the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme website where you will find more information, important dates and how to apply here.