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Daniel Evans claims directing career path ‘more difficult’ than acting

Daniel Evans. Photo: Craig Fleming Daniel Evans. Photo: Craig Fleming
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Daniel Evans has claimed emerging directors face more challenges than performers in forging a career, stating there are a “limited number of opportunities” for them.

Evans, the artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, said that it was “more difficult” for directors compared to actors, who benefit from the “proliferation of TV and film”.

“They [actors] used to go to the regional reps to train and then move to the capital in theatre and then eventually move on to film. For a director there are a limited number of opportunities. Even the fringe is difficult because directors often have to produce and market their own work, which is rewarding but also exhausting,” he said.

In the latest Equity magazine, Evans added that he knew directors who have produced two or three shows on the fringe and were looking to graduate to regional theatre work.

“They find that leap incredibly hard. In part that’s because it’s hard to get potential employers to see their work but also because they’re being asked to work on a much larger canvas. Until someone gives you a chance on that scale, it’s hard to practise,” he said.

Evans also addressed diversity in the industry, and said that society was becoming “polarised, both politically and economically”.

“This means we need to ensure that our organisations are open and welcoming to different kinds of people, that the plays we put on are representative of the world as we know it, so that people can see themselves reflected in art,” he said.

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