Sheffield Theatres To Host The Inaugural RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Scheme

sheffieldtheatres exterior photo by james stewart
sheffieldtheatres exterior photo by james stewart

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, today announces that the company will partner with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme to host the first RTYDS Associate Artistic Director, as part of RTYDS’ commitment to the development of Artistic Directors as cultural leaders.

RTYDS has launched the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Scheme – a new opportunity for an experienced and exceptional director to work in a leading regional theatre at a senior level. In this inaugural year, the company have chosen to partner with Sheffield Theatres. The scheme aims to provide a director with the tools to continue to develop their craft whilst learning about the role of an artistic director in cultural leadership.

Sheffield Theatres will enable the successful candidate to learn about the complexities of running a company and a building from within the Senior Management Team. During the residency the director will also stretch their artistic capabilities by making work on the mid-scale.

The Associate Artistic Director residency will also give the director the opportunity of working with RTYDS on its national programmes and provide an insight to theatre industry and theatre throughout the country.

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, said today, “We’re proud to be deepening our relationship with RTYDS – who have done so much to nurture multiple generations of British directors – as we partner for the inaugural RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Scheme. This brand-new role will give the candidate the opportunity to become part of the core team here at Sheffield Theatres, and play a part in significantly influencing our future course. We’re looking for an artist with experience of making ambitious, innovative, inclusive theatre, who wants to improve their leadership skills, and is excited about embracing the full range and variety of Sheffield Theatres’ work.”

Sue Emmas, Artistic Director of RTYDS, commented, “There are a number of brilliant artist development opportunities for directors at an early stage of their career – and RTYDS provides some of them through our present schemes – but there is a limited offer for more experienced directors to enrich and develop both their craft and leaderships skills, that’s why we introduced the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Residency. Sheffield Theatres reputation for investing in the next generation of theatre makers makes it the perfect host for this first residency. The varied programme over three theatre spaces, alongside the newly announced talent development space The Bank, will provide the successful director with a rich environment to develop their craft and learn about the challenges and demands of the role of artistic director in a leading regional theatre”.

Potential candidates can apply for the role of Associate Artistic Director from today. Interviews will take place early 2020, and the director will commence their new role in September 2020. For further information, please see:

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