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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.

Our events include:

Creative Workshops A range of workshops are led by both our core team and outside practitioners. Past practitioners include Melly Still, Lyndsey Turner, Polly Bennett, Natalie Abrahami, Katie Mitchell and Bijan Sheibani.

Intensive Workshops There are opportunities for a small number of directors to observe or contribute to future Young Vic shows during their research and development. These sessions take place over one or two weeks and provide an exciting chance to be involved in this work during its early stages. 

Peer-led Projects We encourage all members of the Genesis Network to suggest events. These can be one off workshops or ongoing projects tailored to the needs of a specific group. They have included Script Nights to develop the participants’ knowledge of modern and classic texts and Fresh Works, an opportunity to present work in the early stage of development to other directors. If you would like to suggest a project please contact us at directorsprogram@youngvic.org.

Directors Clinics Many directors produce their own work during the early stages of their careers. Our clinics cover key subjects such as fundraising, obtaining rights, producing, casting and taking work to Edinburgh.

Research and Development Throughout the year we offer a day or half a day of R&D to directors who have an idea/project at an early stage of development that needs a kick start. We provide travel expenses for each practitioner taking part as well as administrative resources if needed.

Springboard This week long workshop is specifically aimed at directors with less than eighteen months' experience and offers a broad overview of the director's craft. Our workshops cover a variety of topics such as devising, working with actors, dramaturgy, textual analysis and Shakespeare's verse.

Introduction to Directing Designed to address the lack of diversity amongst the theatre community, this scheme encourages young adults from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and working class artists to consider directing as a viable career choice.

Focused Networks These networks address particular issues and include Working in Theatre With a Family, Dyslexia, Performance and Ecology, and International Practice.

Producer & Designer Events Through the year we run events specifically for producers and designers on our network. We run activities tailored towards both groups of professionals separately. We also run sessions which bring different groups of our network together for professional development as well as networking. To find out how to join the network as a producer or a designer, read our How to join section.

Free and Subsidised Tickets We offer free/discounted tickets to all our shows, and organise discussions around Young Vic productions.

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