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Resources - Emerging Theatre Directors

The world of directing is so huge that you can feel lost with where to begin. I have created a document below with helpful information/links to get you started.

General

The world of directing (Historical/Current)


Books

Talking Theatre: Interviews with Theatre People by Richard Eyre

So you want to be a theatre director? By Stephen Unwin

Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner Changing Stages: A view of British Theatre in the Twentieth Century by Richard Eyre and Nicholas Wright

Year of the Mad King by Antony Sher (An epistolary novel which highlights an Actor/Director relationship)

A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart

Directing: A Handbook for Emerging Directors by Rob Swain


Podcast

National Theatre Podcast

National Theatre Talks

Royal Court Playwright’s Podcast

I love theatre: Now what Websites

Devoted and Disgruntled (A nationwide conversation about theatre and the performing arts, run by theatre company Improbable)

Digital Theatre +

HowlRound


Videos

National Theatre: Directing

Katie Mitchell on Theatre Directing


Directing Process

What other directors do


Books

The Frantic Assembly book of devising theatre by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett

Tackling Text (and subtext) by Barbara Housman

The Empty Space by Peter Brook

The Director's Craft: A Handbook for the Theatre by Katie Mitchell

On directing: interviews with directors by Giannachi, Gabriella and Luckhurst, Mary

Career Progression

Forging your career


Organisations

THE YOUNG VIC DIRECTOR’S PROGRAM (GENESIS)

The Young Vic has been running the Directors Program for over 18s, offering directors a unique opportunity to exchange experiences with peers and be part of a network of talented directors, designers and producers working and living in the UK.

Joining the program gives you

  • A profile on their directory with other emerging directors and designers

  • Job, workshop/event opportunities

https://directorsprogram.youngvic.org/


JMK TRUST

Supporting & nurturing emerging theatre directors, through the JMK Award & Regional Programme.

Joining the program gives you:

  • Job, workshop/event opportunities

www.jmk.org.uk

EQUITY (UNION)

We are a union of more than 47,000 performers and creative practitioners, united in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace.

Equity brings together entertainment professionals and ensures their demands are heard: whether these are for decent pay, better health and safety regulations, or more opportunities for all – regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or class.

Click for member benefits


Jobs and Opportunities

Mandy

Arts Council Jobs

Theatre Bristol

Events

LINBURY PRIZE EXHIBITION

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design Exhibition is the only competition of its kind in the UK. This exhibition includes stage designs, model boxes and costume drawings for four new UK based productions by 12 stage young designers.

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/content/linbury-prize-exhibition

THEATRE CRAFT

Theatre Craft is the UK’s largest free careers event for anyone aged 16-30 seeking off-stage roles in theatre.

https://www.theatrecraft.org/



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