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News: Greyscale Theatre Company to take part in RTYDS

Greyscale Theatre Company to take part in Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS)

RTYDS announces successful applicants for its programmes starting in November 2016

Newcastle based Greyscale Theatre Company is one of just 5 theatre companies across England to join up with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS), the country’s longest running and most influential training scheme for new directors. RTYDS helped launched the careers of Ken Loach, John Tiffany, Vicky Featherstone and Rupert Goold amongst others.

The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) was founded in 1960 by Howard Thomas, then Managing Director at ABC Television (subsequently part of Thames Television), to support aspiring theatre directors. It was his belief that television has a debt to live theatre for its supply of creative talent.

Many RTYDS alumni have enjoyed distinguished artistic careers in Britain’s theatre and film industry. They include Ken Loach, Roger Michell, Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn and John Tiffany, many of whom have gone to lead organisations of their own including Michael Boyd (former RSC), Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court), Rupert Goold (Almeida), Dominic Hill (Glasgow Citizens Theatre), Jeremy Herrin (Headlong) and Natalie Ibu (Tiata Fahodzi). Last year RTYDS alumni Lorne Campbell, Nikolai Foster and James Dacre were appointed as first-time artistic directors to Northern Stage, Curve Theatre and Northampton Royal and Derngate respectively.

Local Director, Rebekah Bowsher will be joining Greyscale Theatre Company on a three-month placement where she will work alongside experienced theatre professionals gaining an invaluable insight into the work of a theatre director and developing her own career opportunities at the same time.

Rebekah Bowsher said “I am really excited to be working with Greyscale and Selma for this placement. I am looking forward to getting practical experience with a well respected theatre company and immersing myself in the North East theatre scene. “

Sue Emmas, RTYDS Artistic Director said “Through Introduction to Directing and Three-Month Placements, RTYDS creates pathways for talented directors from under-represented backgrounds to learn their craft, build networks and take the first step towards a career as a professional theatre director.  Directors should be reflective of the diversity of our towns and cities and RTYDS is working towards making this a reality.”

Selma Dimitrijevic, Greyscale Artistic Director said “I met Rebekah about a year ago through the fantastic Write To Play programme run by theatre company Graeae and have been a huge fan of her work since. She is exactly the kind of director – curious, determined and open minded – that we are very keen to support and work with in the future.”

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RTYDS is funded by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 

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