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RTYDS 18-Month Residency 2020 For individual emerging directors


In light of the current health emergency RTYDS have been assessing all upcoming RTYDS activity and recruitment, and in particular thinking about the 18-Month Residency and Three-Month Placements and how to proceed 

Given the level of uncertainty, we have taken the difficult decision to pause the selection process for 18-Month Residencies and for theatres to apply for Three Month Placements. We understand this will be disappointing news and want to reassure you that we remain committed to providing opportunities that support regional theatres, directors / theatre makers and the industry as a whole 

We are speaking regularly to our partner theatres and will continue to monitor the situation closely, with the intention of being able to provide further updates in the summer. We remain committed to providing 18-Month Residencies at Live Theatre Newcastle, Curve Theatre Leicester, Contact Theatre Manchester and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  

Keep in touch by following us on social media, as well as signing up to our e-newsletter so that we can keep everyone up to date.  Over the coming months wwill be building on the learning content you can find on our website and providing creative development opportunities on digital platforms.  

If you have any specific questions, please contact

    ‘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)

    What is the 18-Month Residency for individual emerging directors?

    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.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    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.

    How to Apply

    This residency has been paused. Please head over to the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme website where you will find more information.