RTYDS Director Placement

Middle Child Hull

What can you receive?


24 January 2024

Applications are now open for a director from Hull to join Middle Child on a paid, three-month Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) intensive placement.

The RTYDS Intensive Placement (in memory of Annie Castledine) is a three-month full-time opportunity to work with Middle Child on a new play by Maureen Lennon and Fresh Ink, our new playwriting festival in Hull, which will include six new commissions.

The Intensive Placement will take place over 12 weeks and it is divided into two parts:

Part One – Baby, He Loves You by Maureen Lennon

Tuesday 5 March 2024 until Friday 26 April

Part Two – Fresh Ink Hull Playwriting Festival

Tuesday 25 June until Friday 19 July

In March and April, the recipient will work as an assistant director on Baby, He Loves You, directed by Paul Smith.

In June and July, they will have the opportunity to direct some of the new commissions at Middle Child’s new Fresh Ink: Hull Playwriting Festival.

Thewill also spend time working with the Middle Child literary department developing new commissions, leading workshops and supporting the delivery of the artist development programme and inputting into the general creative direction of Middle Child.

The assistant director will be paid a fee of £580 per week for a total of 12 weeks.

Please note that Middle Child work a four-day week, so working days will generally be Tuesday to Friday, with exceptions during production weeks.

Who can apply?

This opportunity is for a director or theatre-maker over 18 years of age, who is not in full-time education, and lives and makes work in or around Hull.  

There is no upper age limit.

This opportunity is specifically for directors and theatre-makers who continue to be marginalised in the theatre industry and face barriers that arise from inequalities due to gender, social, cultural, financial, racial, geographic inequality, educational disadvantage or disability. We particularly encourage applications who are working, benefit, criminal class; Black and Global Majority; LGBTQIA+; and Deaf or disabled.

All participants must be resident in England at point of application and eligible to work in the UK.

We are keen to hear from applicants of all experience levels but would expect to see an understanding of how professional theatre is made. This can include making work with young people, non-professionals, or through creative engagement. However, you should have a clear idea as to how this opportunity will develop your skills and how an increase in knowledge of making theatre will be used in future.

We are keen to meet applicants with a genuine interest in new writing, reaching new audiences and making work in non-traditional spaces. An understanding of Hull audiences is preferable but not a requirement.

Applicants must live within commutable distance of Hull as we will not be able to contribute towards travel or accommodation expenses.

What is the fee?

Up to £6,960 is available to cover the costs of the placement. This is based on a fee of £580 per week for a total of 12 weeks for the successful director or theatre-maker.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please use our online expression of interest form or submit a video or audio file using the same link.

The form will ask you to submit a CV, Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, and respond to two prompts:

1. What do you want to learn from this opportunity? (approx. 300 words / 3 mins)

2. Tell us a little about your interest / experience in new writing and making work in non-traditional spaces. (approx 300 words / 3 mins)

This form is also available in accessible Word Document formats (e.g. large print, screen reader, British Dyslexia Association style), or in audio format. To request them, please email Manli Siu, RTYDS programme producer, on rtyds@rtyds.co.uk.

The deadline is Wednesday 24 January 2024, 12 noon.

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