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.
You may find the below resources useful before joining the Zoom workshops, as they offer advice and tips for both facilitators and participants.
Forthcoming events are listed here:
Getting your Work on at a Festival
Tuesday 4 August
10.30 – 12.30
This session led by producer Robyn Keynes aims to better equip directors and theatre makers with tools for getting your own work on, from getting a team together, to approaching venues and festivals. This will be broken into:
- Overview of making your own work for a festival
- Skills needed when making and producing your work in a festival setting such as budgeting and funding
- Approaching venues and festivals and how to talk about your work
Wednesday 5 August
5.30pm - 6.30pm
It has been great to see so many new faces joining the Genesis Network and getting involved with our online workshops and opportunities. A big thank you to anyone who has recommended the Network and encouraged fellow creatives to join us. We have a great online community and are glad you are a part of it!
Usually we would welcome new joiners in person but as this is not possible at this time Sue Emmas is holding a welcome meeting via Zoom. We are inviting anyone who has signed up over the last four months so we can talk through what the Directors Program is and the opportunities available to you. This will also be a great chance to ask any questions you may have and to meet some new faces!
Industry Mapping and Business Support for Freelance Directors
Thursday 6 August
5.30pm – 7.30pm
The theatre industry - along with dance, music and live events - is in an unprecedented moment of uncertainty and change, because of the challenges posed by Covid-19.
Join freelance director Jo Tyabji for a careful, honest and tender session in which the group will:
- pool knowledge and understanding of the industry to assess how it is changing, where opportunities are contracting, and where there may be opportunities for growth (like outdoor performances, radio, interactive work)
- audit skills, share assets and create actions that will allow artists to turn towards where there is opportunity, both within the industry and looking beyond it
- deepen understanding of the business model theatre operates on in a business as usual scenario, and innovate business models that freelance theatre directors could shift towards
Co-creation - Making ‘with’ not ‘for’
Tuesday 11 August
4.00pm – 6.00pm
This session will explore the many questions that co-creation poses and open up some practical thinking around how to approach making theatre together. Julia Thomas will lead the workshop, using the production Go Tell the Bees that she is currently co-creating with National Theatre Wales TEAM and people in Pembrokeshire as a case study.
There will be opportunities to discuss, respond and listen. To share experiences or simply absorb the ideas that arise through questions like:
- What problem are you trying to solve?
- Can a creative process be equal for everyone involved?
- How do you share a vision?
- What words do you use to describe what you are doing and with who?
The Tricky Thing about Truth
Thursday 13 August
10.00am – 12.30pm
The session, led by theatre maker Nathan Powell will focus on how we work with young people and community groups to tell stories important to them, rooted in truth, in a way that is safe and flexible to participants needs.
The workshop will be a mixture of conversation and practical tasks that will offer participants an insight Nathans way of working. The session will focus on:
- Creating a safe and efficient space for exploration
- Creating theatre from people’s truths and lived experience
- Pastoral support for participants and you
- Life after a project
- Space for questions, discussing and group skill sharing
Queer Womxn and Non-binary Creatives Discussion Group - Take 2
Wednesday 19 August
5.00 – 6.30pm
After an inspiring first session, Sita Thomas and Hannah Hauer-King will be facilitating another 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 for the future of theatre.
As last meeting’s focus was slightly geared towards issues of representation and challenges that queer theatre makes face, there will be a strong focus on positive next steps in this meeting. We also hope to continue to inspire future collaborations through connection and networking in this second session.