We are working with venues around the UK offering groups for young and emerging theatre directors which provide access to exclusive workshop and development opportunities as well as a chance to meet regularly with a group of peers to network and share ideas.
Partners so far are Bristol Old Vic, Sherman Cymru, Direct North with HOME in Manchester and Bolton Octagon, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Salisbury Playhouse, Traverse Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Northern Stage , West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nuffield Theatre Southampton.
In August 2013 we appointed Lisa Spirling to be our Artistic Coordinator for the Regional Programme. She is working with the Trust to design and deliver the regional programme of work and the bursaries.
In autumn 2013 we launched a new regional assistant director bursary offering one member of each of the groups the chance to work as an assistant director on a production at their local venue. We are grateful to the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund and The Richard Carne Trust (Sherman Cymru) for supporting this work. We have awarded 24 bursaries so far:
Stephanie Kempson, Bristol Old Vic, assisted Sally Cookson on Jane Eyre
Ben Mills, Salisbury Playhouse, assisted Ed Dick on Gaslight
Caroline Wilkes, Birmingham Rep, assisted Tessa Walker on The Mother
Maria Crocker, Northern Stage, assisted Rachel Chavkin on Catch 22
Yusra Warsama, HOME, assisted Walter Meierjohann on Romeo and Juliet
Joe Mellor, Bolton Octagon, assisted David Thacker on A View from the Bridge
Miriam Battye, Bristol Old Vic, assisted Michael Oakley on The Life and Times of Fanny Hill
Dan Hutton, Royayl & Derngate Northampton, assisted James Dacre on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Rob Jones, Traverse Theatre, assisted Rachel O'Riordan on Unfaithful
Oliver O'Shea, West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisted Mark Rosenblatt on Untold Stories
Katherine Nesbitt, Traverse Theatre, assisted Orla O'Loughlin on Swallow
David Crowley, West Yorkshire Playhouse, associate director on Beryl
Jac Moore, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, currently assisting Rachel O'Riordan on A Dolls House
Christa Harris, Birmingham Rep, assisted Tessa Walker on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Tom Guest, Northern Stage, assisted Annie Rigby on Up and Out Christmas Sprout
Alex Rex, Royal & Derngate Northampton, assisted Gary Sefton on The Snow Queen
Rosanna Purdie, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, assisted Liam Steel on Merlin
Miriam Higgins, Salisbury Playhouse, assisted Adam Penford on Deathtrap
Anna Ryder, Northern Stage, assisted Lorne Campbell on Get Carter
Jo Gleave, Birmingham Rep, assisted Tessa Walker on Folk
Alasdair Pidsley, West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisted Kate Wasserberg on Barnbow Canaries
Michael White, HOME Manchester, assisted Louise Lowe on On Corporation Street
Amy Gilmartin, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, is currently assisting Orla O'Loughlin on Milk
Ed Madden, Bristol Old Vic, will soon be assisting Dominic Hill on The Rivals.
Here's Amy Gilmartin's most recent blog about working on Milk at the Traverse Theatre with Orla O'Loughlin.
Joe Mellor's blog about working as an assistant at Bolton Octagon is here.
Read more about the programme here:
Talent, tenacity and something else
We are grateful to Arts Council England, the Noël Coward Foundation (www.noelcoward.org), the Richard Carne Trust , the Sir James Knott Trust, the Coats Foundation Trust and the Blakemore Foundation for supporting the regional progamme in 2016/17 .