We are delighted to be re-introducing the Observer Mondays Directors Scheme at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

This Scheme allows one local theatre maker at an early stage in their career the opportunity to “observe” rehearsals for an in-house production.

The participant is invited into rehearsals every Monday throughout the rehearsal period, tech and into previews. This enables them to follow the process of bringing the work to our stages and the journey of the production. They aren’t an assistant director and are solely there to observe the process. The Scheme also afford them the opportunity to start (or continue) a dialogue with the theatre and to gain an insight into creating work for our spaces.

The successful candidate will also have a mentoring relationship with Nickie Miles-Wildin, Interim Resident Associate Director, and tickets to see the production. They also have a dialogue with the Assistant Director on the production (if there is one).

The “Observer Monday Directors Scheme” is a voluntary position. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 based in Greater Manchester at an early stage in their career. They should not have professional directing credits – but may have created work at a fringe level, as a student, as part of a youth theatre or through other training. As this is a voluntary position, it is for a maximum of one day per week.

The successful candidate will be invited to create a “diary” or “blog” about their experience. This may be published on our website.

We ask that people only apply for one production – please consider which production or which director you would most benefit from an opportunity to observe.