The New Vic has joined forces with the country’s leading training scheme for aspiring directors – the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) – to launch a free Introduction to Directing programme.

The ‘Introduction to Directing’ programme, which runs from February to April, will see aspiring new directors given the opportunity to engage with the work of the New Vic through workshops, work shadowing and mentoring.

Aimed at supporting people from under-represented backgrounds to pursue careers in the arts, the course will see participants given the chance to learn what directing entails and work with and observe professional directors, designers, theatre-makers and playwrights to find out what is needed to take a play from page to stage.

Established in 1960, RTYDS works with theatres to provide high quality training and work experience to talented artists and enable them to build a professional career as a theatre director. The work of RTYDS is focused in towns and cities outside London where provision for those with ambition to develop a career in directing for the theatre is scarce or non-existent.

RTYDS helped launched the careers of the New Vic’s own Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, as well as names such as Ken Loach, John Tiffany, Vicky Featherstone, Rupert Goold and James Dacre among others.

To apply, visit the New Vic’s website – – and complete the application form. The deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 11 January. Applicants must be 18+ and must be based in the Stoke-on-Trent to apply.

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