The Directors Program provides an exciting range of opportunities for directors, exploring process, practice and production. Our activities cater for as many different needs and interests as possible, differing in numbers of participants, day time/evening scheduling, and length in order to be inclusive and accessible to all. Everything we offer is free of charge.
RTYDS Curated Events
We are delighted that our associate company the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) will be curating and delivering the program for emerging directors, producers, designers and artists whilst we temporarily reduce our key operations throughout June and July 2020.
RTYDS will programme digital discussion groups, workshops and support for directors from 1st June 2020, with some events specifically for directors and theatre makers living and working outside London, some just for Genesis Network members and others for any professional director, designer or producer who wishes to take part.
Forthcoming events are listed here:
Skill Building Exercises for Directors
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 10th July 2020
We thought it would be useful to have a weekly task that enables you to continue to develop and expand your creative muscles. Each Monday director Sacha Wares will be setting you a task for the week with a catch up moment on Wednesday and then a debrief on Friday.
Being a Parent & Working in Theatre – Work/Life Balance
Thursday 9 July
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Working in theatre is a demanding, unstable and volatile vocation. Creating a balance between life and work is a challenge. Having home obligations, whether this be caring responsibilities or children makes the situation even more complicated. Many directors fall away due to the pressures of these responsibilities as the demands seem incompatible.
Yet the experience of parenthood and other life duties can enrich your craft in ways you wouldn’t have necessarily expected.
Sharing Zoom Games, Tips, Exercises and Improvisations
Monday 13 July
1.00 - 3.00pm
In June David Furlong ran a session providing a playful opportunity to share games and exercises as well as share tips and experiences over Zoom. This is another chance to come together exchange and play. The first half of the session will explore warm-up and getting- to-know-one-another type games adapted for an online workshop environment. The second half of the session will focus on improvisation and making. This could range from theatre sport type exercises to all kinds of devising/improvising techniques that you want to try and adapt to Zoom or that you’ve already improved.
Queer Womxn and Non-binary Creatives Discussion Group
Tuesday 14 July
10.00 – 11.30am
Sita Thomas and Hannah Hauer-King will be facilitating a discussion group for queer womxn and non-binary creatives (directors, designers, producers, writers) to discuss issues of representation, our canon of work and what we want to see in the future theatrical landscape.
We also hope to encourage new collaborations through connection and networking in this session. Having discussed these kind of topics for Lemon House Theatre’s podcast about queer womxn and representation of queer womxn in theatre, we are inspired and keen to create a space to meet with other creatives to talk, reflect, and plan together, hopefully leading to some positive future action.
An Introduction to Sound Design
Thursday 16 July
10.00am – 1.00pm
This workshop led by sound designer Peter Rice will start from the very foundations of sound and listening, working through how that is paramount in developing the skills needed when considering how sound can play a part of your production either as a director or designer.
There will be exercises in listening, considerations about text and discussions about how a sound designer can be part of a production process. We will also consider how they can work best to develop a sonic world for a project and work collaboratively with a director and other members of the creative team. Peter will also discuss how the set of the shows he has worked on change his initial approach to the project, based on period, materials, natural/abstract nature etc.
Bring your mind, questions and ears.
Director / Designer Speed Networking
Thursday 23rd July
2.00 – 4.00pm
The session will be facilitated by designer Khadija Raza and director Joe Hancock.
This speed-networking event for designers and directors is an opportunity to meet more artists and potentially find new collaborators and partnerships for the future.
We haven’t done this over Zoom before but the idea is that you will have the opportunity to meet with a number of different artists over the session.
We will use the breakout rooms so that each pair will meet for five to ten minutes chat and each share information about their work, practice and interests.
Designer and Director Working Relationship
Thursday 30th July
2.00pm – 4.00pm
This session will be led by designer Kadija Raza is for both directors and designers and will explore the relationship between these two close collaborators.
The first time working together for a director and designer can be uncertain. Knowing how best to ignite the working relationship, develop ideas, approach the play or material. Kadija will look at how those first conversations might take shape for directors and designers.
The session is specifically aimed at both directors and designers.