news: tiata fahodzi and West Yorkshire Playhouse to take part in RTYDS
tiata fahodzi – in partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse are one of 8 theatre companies across the UK chosen to work with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), the UK’s longest running and most influential training scheme for young directors. For over 50 years, the scheme has placed new talent in major theatres around the country giving them the opportunity to develop skills not only as directors but also as artistic leaders. Alumni of the scheme include Trevor Nunn (RSC and National Theatre), Rupert Goold (Almeida), Elizabeth Newman (Octagon Theatre, Bolton) Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Natalie Ibu (tiata fahodzi) and Matthew Xia (Manchester Royal Exchange).
tiata fahodzi joins RTYDS at a time when it is offering more exceptional emerging theatre directors than ever before the opportunity to become artistic leaders of the future.
RTYDS supports theatre directors at different stages in their careers in partnership with regional theatre companies; providing them with invaluable training and experience to develop their skills. tiata fahodzi and West Yorkshire Playhouse are one of seven regional theatre companies to run Introduction to Directing projects for new directors this year; enabling them to proactively engage with the community of Leeds and to identify bright new talent. These projects will engage participants from broad social, ethnic, educational and cultural backgrounds, supporting them as they begin establish their directorial careers. RTYDS is currently working with theatres in other cities including Birmingham, Bolton, Newcastle, Northampton, Salisbury, Leicester, Derby, Liverpool, Bristol and Coventry.
tiata fahodzi and West Yorkshire Playhouse will be delivering the Introduction to Directing Course in the diverse communities of Chapeltown, Harehills, Hyde Park and Burmantofts in Leeds. Seeking the creatively curious – those who have a need to say something about the world – to the world – and don’t, yet, know that theatre might just be the right loudspeaker – to ask and explore: what is directing?
“We’re thrilled to be reunited with West Yorkshire Playhouse following our acclaimed production of boi boi is dead earlier this year. It’s particularly thrilling to be delivering artist development as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme since it was the 12 month placement at the Royal Court back in 2008 that helped me develop my own craft and confidence as an emerging director. Without this vital scheme, I wouldn’t be the director I am today.”
natalie ibu, tiata fahodzi
“The Introduction to Directing course is a brilliant opportunity to demystify an often hidden role in theatre and help switch people on to theatre-making as an exciting and real professional possibility. WYP is thrilled to be delivering the course with tiata fahodzi – their energy and insight will be crucial in helping to reach people with imagination and creative potential, and especially those from diverse backgrounds in West Yorkshire.”
Mark Rosenblatt, West Yorkshire Playhouse
The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) was founded in 1960, the scheme has an impressive list of past participants, many have been or are now artistic directors of the UK’s leading theatres. Alumni include Trevor Nunn (RSC and National Theatre), Michael Boyd (RSC) and Adrian Noble (RSC), Rupert Goold (Almeida), Lorne Campbell (Northern Stage), Elizabeth Newman (Octagon Theatre, Bolton) John Tiffany and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Natalie Ibu (tiata fahodzi) and Matthew Xia (Manchester Royal Exchange). For over 50 years, the scheme has placed emerging theatre directors in major theatres around the country giving them the opportunity to develop skills not only as directors but also crucially as artistic leaders.
RTYDS is an independent company limited by guarantee, a registered charity and an Associate Company of the Young Vic. The RTYDS Board is Indhu Rubasingham (Tricyle), Erica Whyman (RSC), Sarah Frankcom (Manchester Royal Exchange), Theresa Heskins (New Vic), Jack McNamara (New Perspectives), Nicola Thorold (Roundhouse), Ben Cooper (Young Vic) and Joanna Read (LAMDA). The Board is chaired by Grahame Morris (Theatre Advisor).
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.