The New Vic has joined forces with the country’s leading training scheme for aspiring directors – the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme – to launch an introduction to directing programme.
The ‘Introduction to Directing’ programme will see up to eight aspiring new directors given the opportunity to engage with the work of the New Vic through workshops, work shadowing and mentoring, gaining an invaluable insight into the work of a theatre director and developing their own career opportunities at the same time.
Established in 1960, RTYDS works with theatres to provide high quality training and work experience to talented artists and enable them to build a professional career as a theatre director. The work of RTYDS is focused in towns and cities outside London where provision for those with ambition to develop a career in directing for the theatre is scarce or non-existent.
RTYDS helped launched the careers of the New Vic’s own Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, as well as names such as Ken Loach, John Tiffany, Vicky Featherstone and Rupert Goold and James Dacre among others.
Sue Emmas, RTYDS Artistic Director said “Through Introduction to Directing and Three-Month Placements, RTYDS creates pathways for talented directors from under-represented backgrounds to learn their craft, build networks and take the first step towards a career as a professional theatre director. Directors should be reflective of the diversity of our towns and cities and RTYDS is working towards making this a reality.”
Bryn Holding, New Vic Assistant Director, said: “We are overjoyed to be able to offer this excellent opportunity to local aspiring directors. Theresa (Heskins) and I were keen to host an Introduction to direction programme here in 2017. It is vital that we connect with those, locally to us, who wish to find out more about directing. Looking to the future includes finding those who will have an impact on the cultural landscape of tomorrow. We are very much looking forward to opening up the doors of the theatre and sharing our practice with others through this unique scheme.”
For further information or to apply to join the programme please click here…