RTYDS is the UK’s foremost programme of paid professional development for theatre directors. We

offer bespoke training opportunities to artists from the earliest stages of a career right up to

leadership development.

‘It’s a sector changing company. We talk a lot about representation and the diversity

of people and representation and that's what it is, it is talk, but RTYDS are actually doing it.

- Amit Sharma, Deputy Artistic Director, Birmingham Rep

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) is a professional artist development

programme. They work in partnership with theatres around the country, enabling talented artists to

build their craft and develop their leadership skills. We are particularly focused on directors who live

outside London and are from communities presently under-represented in theatre.

Founded in 1960, the scheme has helped launch the careers of many of Britain’s leading Artistic

Directors and freelance directors including Rupert Goold (Almeida), Elizabeth Newman (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Natalie Ibu

(tiata fahodzi) Matthew Xia (Actors Touring Company); freelance directors include John Tiffany and

Christopher Haydon.


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