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Introduction to Directing

Introduction to Directing

Practical training for aspiring directors

Working with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), Introduction to Directing offers intensive practical training for people from communities presently under-represented in UK theatre who are interested in finding out whether or not a career as a director is for them.

The programme offers a mixture of hands-on practical work, observation, discussion with experienced practitioners and an introduction to further opportunities.

In Autumn 2015, we partnered with RTYDS and Tiata Fahodzi to run a free five-day course, specifically targeted at 18+ future theatre artists from black, Asian, or ethnic minority backgrounds. Members of that group have gone on to be further developed by the Playhouse, including Omari Swanston-Jeffers who became our first ever RYTDS Trainee Assistant Director.

Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme

  • Introduction to Directing for D/deaf & Disabled directors

    Do you identify as D/deaf and/or Disabled?

    Are you aged over 18?

    Are you creatively curious and have something to say to the world?

    Ever thought about directing for theatre?


    This Spring, Leeds Playhouse will run a course exploring what directing is, in a supportive and encouraging environment for people who identify as D/deaf and/or Disabled. Sessions will be practical and will be led by two Directors from Leeds Playhouse – Associate Director Amy Leach and Agent for Change John R. Wilkinson.

    The course is FREE and there will be a small stipend to cover travel expenses for all participants. BSL interpreters and access workers will be on hand to support up to ten participants.

    This course is generously supported by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS).


    If you’d like to find out more, please come along to one of our taster sessions on either

    Thursday 7 March from 7 – 8pm
    Wednesday 13 March from 7 – 8pm

    Book your place for a taster session here or email John Wilkinson for more information.


    The course will explore the basics of what a Theatre Director does, what their roles and responsibilities are, and lots of practical exploration of their role from prepping a play and the design process, to working with actors.

    The course will also include free tickets to watch two Leeds Playhouse productions.

    You don’t have to have any experience in theatre and/or theatre directing to take part in this course.


    If you want to find out more, come to one of our taster sessions or contact John Wilkinson

    You also need to complete a sign-up sheet by Friday 15 March, available here or contact John Wilkinson if you need it in a different format.

    We’ll let you know if you have a place on the course by Friday 22 March.

Download BrochureSpring / Summer 20
Download BrochureSpring / Summer 20
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