Belgrade Joins Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme

Posted on 8 May 2015

We’re very excited to reveal that the Belgrade Theatre has today been announced as one of eight theatres selected to offer transformative career opportunities to theatre directors in the early stages of their careers.

Three Introduction to Directing courses offering intensive practical training aimed at directors from under-represented communities will be run by Tamasha and Belgrade Theatre Coventry in partnership, Tiata Fahodzi and West Yorkshire Playhouse in partnership and Slung Low (Leeds).

Two Three-Month Placements for new directors at the start of their professional career will be run by Bristol Old Vic, who will host Sarah Fielding and Liverpool Everyman who will host Sarah Van Parys.

From Autumn 2015 three Resident Associate Directors will be hosted at Curve, Leicester, Derby Theatre, Octagon Theatre, Bolton. The directors will be recruited over the summer. These 18-Month Residencies, place emerging directors with commitment to making their career as a director in theatres where they can develop their skills and learn what it takes to run a regional theatre.

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) was founded in 1960, the scheme has an impressive list of past participants, many have been or are now artistic directors of the UK’s leading theatres. Alumni include Trevor Nunn (RSC and National Theatre), Michael Boyd (RSC) and Adrian Noble (RSC), Rupert Goold (Almeida), Lorne Campbell (Northern Stage), Elizabeth Newman (Octagon Theatre, Bolton) John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Natalie Ibu (Tiata Fahodzi) and Matthew Xia (Manchester Royal Exchange). For over 50 years, the scheme has placed emerging theatre directors in major theatres around the country giving them the opportunity to develop skills not only as directors but also crucially as artistic leaders.