Royal & Derngate back emerging directors’ scheme

Royal & Derngate Theatre

An emerging director is set to get the backing of Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre for 18 months as part of a major training scheme.

The venue is one of four theatres nationwide to join up with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), the UK’s longest running and most influential training scheme for young directors.

RTYDS launched the careers of Ken Loach, Trevor Nunn, Vicky Featherstone and Rupert Goold and now kicks off its new programme for 2014.

In April the scheme got £450,000 from Arts Council England to deliver a boldly expanded and re-imagined programme over the next three years.

Royal & Derngate joins RTYDS at a time when it will offer more exceptional emerging theatre directors than ever before the opportunity to become artistic leaders of the future.

Over the next three years the RTYDS will offer eight 18-month residencies in some of the UK’s leading regional theatres.

The residencies will provide the opportunity for those directors to continue their artistic training and experience, working on productions, directing their own projects and providing them with essential training in the operational running of a theatre.

Along with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Northern Stage and Salisbury Playhouse, the R & D will back an emerging director from January.

As well as assisting Royal & Derngate’s artistic director James Dacre in the rehearsal room the RTYDS director will support James and work with programming, creative projects, youth theatre and script development.

Said James: “I’m delighted that we will be able to support and nurture a promising young director as part of this invaluable training scheme, from which I myself have benefited, along with of one my predecessors in Northampton, Rupert Goold.

“It’s a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the successful applicant.”

More details about the scheme and how to apply can be found at

The closing date is Monday 4 August.

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