A new annual award aimed at supporting female directors to bring their work to a wider audience has been launched by the National Theatre.
The NT Women of Tomorrow Directors Award will stage the work of a selected director at a theatre partnered with the award. This year’s partner venue is the Yard Theatre.
The award is part of a new partnership with the Chanel Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture.
The selected director will work in the National’s new work department as part of a six-month residency, aimed at introducing them to the “workings of the industry”. The director will also present their production in autumn 2020 for a three-week run at the Yard Theatre.
National Theatre head of new work Emily McLaughlin said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Chanel Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture to create this opportunity for a director to make their own production and to work with us for six months – during what promises to be a very exciting period.”
“We are dedicated to continuing to increase the proportion of shows in the NT repertoire written and directed by women. This award will champion one of the next big directing talents in the industry, and we’re excited to see who that might be,” she added.
Applications for the award close on November 26.