FOR DIRECTORS: RTYDS Associate Artistic Director

Applications now being accepted from Directors for the Associate Artistic Director Residency. An opportunity for directors with a strong professional track record of making work and a desire to learn about leadership and to make significant work on the mid-scale.

This is a remarkable opportunity for a building-based theatre company to partner with RTYDS and to benefit from having an experienced director with a strong professional track-record in residence for 18 months. The Associate Artistic Director will develop their craft as a director while learning about the role of an artistic director in cultural leadership.

This is a paid residency for a director with a strong professional track record of making work and a desire to develop their artistic leadership. In November RTYDS selected Sheffield Theatres to take part in the RTYDS Associate Artistic Director scheme from September 2020. RTYDS and Sheffield Theatres will now work together to identify the Associate Artistic Director in an open application process.



  • The scheme is open to any professional director who is resident in the UK at point of application with a strong professional track record of making work and a desire to learn about artistic leadership and to make significant work on the mid-scale (a chance to make work that is a step change; whether this is characterised by the size of the stage, production values and resources, cast size, the stature of the actors, the complexity of the design, prominence within the programme/season etc.).
  • You will have a demonstrable body of work, be in a position to lead on artist development initiatives and indicate a commitment to leadership.
  • ou might have established your own company, have gained transferable experience outside theatre in management or previously run a department. The residency will enable you to understand the challenges of artistic leadership in a theatre and contribute to RTYDS’s programmes.
  • There is no upper age limit, but you must be over 18 years old.
  • All applicants must be resident in the UK at the point of application.
  • The role will involve working closely with local communities and artists. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to working in the North of England and to broadening cultural diversity among audiences and in theatre leadership.
  • RTYDS and Sheffield Theatres actively encourage people with different backgrounds and skills to join  and positively impact their teams and working practice. They are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour, D/deaf and disabled, LGBTQ+ directors / theatre makers or those experiencing barriers due to socio-economic background.
  • This is a full-time role, but they would welcome applications from candidates who would wish to do it on a more flexible working pattern, for example due to caring responsibilities or access requirements relating to a disability.
  • All D/deaf or disabled directors/theatre makers who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria will be invited for interview.

Published on:
25 Nov 2019


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