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Director Residencies

Opportunities for Yorkshire directors

We want to provide opportunities for Directors born, raised or living in Yorkshire to create a sustainable career here in the region.

To that end, we offer a range of paid Director Residencies so that early career Directors can spend time at the Playhouse as part of the Artistic Planning team. Alongside assisting on Playhouse productions, our Directors work closely with our Creative Engagement Department and have the opportunity to develop their own work.

Every year, we’re also lucky to provide a fantastic placement for one student from the MA in Directing at Birkbeck to enjoy the same range of fantastic opportunities at the Playhouse.

Meet our resident directors

Pauline Mayers – Autumn 2017

Pauline joined us to work as Associate Director on Queen of Chapeltown directed by Amy Leach.



Laurence Young – Birkbeck Trainee Director 2017-2018

Laurence assisted James Brining on (the fall of) The Master Builder and is now working on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.



Tess Seddon – Trainee Director 2016-17

From Otley, Tess worked on Villette, Strictly Ballroom, Romeo & Juliet and Ode to Leeds, as well as a huge range of other projects.



Matt Woodhead – Trainee Director Spring/Summer 2017

Sheffield based Matt was Assistant Director on Lifeboat as well as undertaking lots of Theatre of Sanctuary projects.



Natasha Hyman – Birkbeck Trainee Director 2016-2017

Tash worked on a wide variety of shows as assistant director, including Sleuth, Pygmalion, The Witches and The Graduate.



Ruby Clarke – Trainee Director Autumn/Winter 2016

York-based Ruby was Assistant Director on Blackthorn, Rudolf and Wasted, as well as supporting the Furnace Festival 2016.





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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors