Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme has announced the four venues that will host its 18-month residencies for emerging directors in 2020/21, including a new partnership with disabled theatre consortium Ramps on the Moon.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Live Theatre in Newcastle, Contact in Manchester and Leicester’s Curve will each host an emerging director on a paid 18-month residency as part of RYTDS’ annual programme.
Residencies will start from September 2020 and include the opportunity to direct a production as part of the theatres’ programmes.
At least one of the placements will be awarded to a D/deaf or disabled theatre creative, as part of a partnership with Ramps on the Moon, which will provide support to the chosen participant.
RYTDS artistic director Sue Emmas, said: “The 18-month residency is even more crucial as opportunities for early career directors to learn their craft while being paid and make work are getting fewer and more competitive across the UK.”
Ramps on the Moon director for change Michele Taylor said: “This is an exciting opportunity to effect real change in the leadership of mainstream theatre and we are looking forward to supporting the individual and the host theatre in their new partnership.”
Alongside the main residency scheme, RYTDS will also partner with theatre company Access All Areas for the first time. The company is led by learning disabled and autistic artists, and will work with RYTDS on its Introduction to Directing Scheme.
Created in 2014, the Introduction to Directing Scheme offers practical training for people from under-represented backgrounds to explore whether they want to pursue a career in directing.
Under this partnership, the 2020 Introduction to Directing Scheme will have a focus on learning disabled artists.