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Trainee Assistant Directors

Trainee Assistant Directors

Developing new directors

Our Trainee Assistant Director positions are fantastic opportunities for directors at the very start of their professional careers to spend time with the Playhouse, learning about the role and skills of a theatre director.

These positions are especially targeted at artists from backgrounds currently underrepresented in UK theatre.

Our Trainee Assistant Directors observe an entire rehearsal process from the start of rehearsals through to press night. We also provide opportunities for the trainee to work on projects with our Creative Engagement department, and to spend time observing, supporting and learning from our Artistic Planning team, including script reading, attending programming meetings and helping with auditions.

Callum Mardy – Autumn 2017


A former member of our First Floor Young Peoples Programme, and having been involved in the Young Company for Kes and Romeo &Juliet, Callum was Trainee Assistant Director on (the fall of) The Master Builder.


Gitika Buttoo – Summer 2017 (In partenrship with the JMK Trust)


From Leeds, Gitika was Trainee Assistant Director on Ode to Leeds as well as assisting on a devised piece for the Community Showcase with our Community Company, and working with our Creative Engagement, producing and literary teams.


Kash Arshad – Spring 2017


Hailing from Bradford, Kash had spent time as a professional actor before deciding to take the step across into directing. Kash was Trainee Assistant Director on Romeo and Juliet in the Quarry Theatre directed by Associate Director Amy Leach.


Omari Swanston-Jeffers – ​Autumn 2016 ​(in Partnership with RTYDS)


Following taking part in our first Introduction to Directing course, Leeds-based Omari joined us as Trainee Assistant Director on Villette alongside working with our Creative Engagement department.


Download BrochureSpring / Summer 20
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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