The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award is open now…

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust’s Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2021 has opened for entries from emerging theatre practitioners.

This is the award’s fifth year. It is presented in memory of RTST co-founder Sir Peter Hall – and is run in partnership with Leeds Playhouse and English Touring Theatre (ETT). The winner is given the opportunity to direct a full-scale regional touring production (in late 2022) of a classic play or a new adaptation of a novel or film.

The scheme’s aim is to support upcoming theatre practitioners and they specifically encourage entrants from diverse backgrounds, including parents with work/life balance needs.

Partner organisation ETT’s Richard Twyman, Artistic Director, and Sophie Scull, Executive Producer of ETT, also commented:

“This is ETT’s fourth year partnering with the RTST Sir Peter Hall Directors Award and it represents one of the most important things we do as company; opening up the stages of cities and towns throughout the UK to artists that haven’t had the chance to work on them before. The opportunity to make work on a larger scale that tours to audiences nationwide, in a fully resourced and supported production, can be a watershed moment in a director’s career and feels all the more significant after the last 18 months. We’re ever grateful to the RTST for their continued commitment to raising significant funding for new talent and delighted, this year, to be partnering with Leeds Playhouse to co-produce the production. We look forward to introducing the work of a visionary director to audiences across the UK in Autumn 2022.”

The last winner of the Award was in 2019- before the pandemic disrupted theatrical life. Finally, Anthony Almeida’s 2019 award-winning production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is currently playing at Leicester Curve until September 18th and from there, will be embarking on a national tour.

The closing date for entries for this year’s competition is 6.00pm on Monday 4th October 2021.

Potential candidates can find out more information, support and guidance how to apply here

Donmar Warehouse offers two Resident Assistant Directorships – closing soon!

Two very exciting opportunities here for those quick off the mark for Assistant Directors at London’s renowned Donmar Warehouse.

The Donmar website states the following: “This year the Donmar will be recruiting for two Resident Assistant Directors (RADs). These are 11-12 month paid opportunities for early career theatre directors to be resident in the Donmar. Not only are they a chance for directors to develop their craft and understanding of how a theatre is run, but also to develop their skills as artistic leaders of the future. The two RAD positions run simultaneously so they can alternate assisting on shows with developing other aspects of their craft. They will each assist on three new productions, as well as having secondments to the New Work department and Casting department. The aim is to give a rounded experience of all the different component parts of how a producing theatre runs, and the different skills and considerations involved in artistic leadership.”

Application forms and further details can be found via the Donmar website which you can find here

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th September at noon- so get cracking!

Grace Gummer wins NT’s inaugural women directors award

Grace Gummer (photo by Helen Murray)

Grace Gummer has been announced as the first winner of the National Theatre’s Women of Tomorrow Directors Award.

This new award was created in partnership with the Chanel Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture, and the Yard Theatre in East London. Over 160 names were in consideration for the accolade.

The benefits of the award include Gummer working as resident director in the National Theatre’s new work department for the next six months, before staging her own production at the Yard Theatre this autumn. 

Having seen Gummer’s sensitive and incisive direction of GERM FREE ADOLESCENT at The Bunker last November, I can say from experience that she is a well-deserved winner.

Congratulations Grace!