Do you identify as D/deaf?  

Do you live in the UK?  

Do you want to be a theatre director or theatre maker?

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RTYDSThe Royal Exchange Theatre and its associate company Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) are on the lookout for 5 D/deaf directors and theatre makers from the UK to tackle the lack of people applying for directing opportunities, and to offer continued support for those who are eager 
for the next stage in their development.   


Introduction to Directing – a RTYDS programme for five potential or new early career D/deaf directors which will focus on storytelling and theatrical techniques (including devising and script work) led by a core creative team at the Royal Exchange.  

The programme is free and will be run in a supportive learning environment.   


Stage One - Please tell us about you and your experience: 

- Your interest in directing and making theatre

- Your experience working in theatre including any work as actor, writer, youth theatre director etc and any experience you’ve had as a director or assistant

- Tell us what type of theatre resonates with you

You can submit in any format that is accessible to you – a BSL video (up to three minutes) or an email (no longer than one sheet of A4). 

Stage Two - An informal chat

We're extremely keen to meet so once you’ve sent your document required in stage one, we'll set up an informal chat with you, so you can learn more about the programme and we can get to know you. The informal chat will last around 20 minutes and will cover the information you've provided in your application. We will also talk about travel and accommodation needs as well as the bursary support available to cover any loss of earnings. 

All chats will be over Skype and will take place on Monday 15 October.  

You will have the opportunity to meet with Amit Sharma and Bryony Shanahan from the Royal Exchange Theatre or Sue Emmas from RTYDS.


Dates for the programme will be on Monday 12 November - Friday 16 November 2018, running five days consecutively. You will also have the opportunity to watch a Royal Exchange production. The days will run from 11am – 5pm.

Access costs, travel and accommodation will be covered. We also have a bursary available for participants to cover any loss of earnings.


Please send your 'Tell us about yourself' document or video along with the access audit document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11am on Monday 8 October 2018.