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A paid opportunity to assist on a Young Vic show

Learning from experienced directors by assisting is a vital chance to develop skills and understanding. Equally, having the chance to spend time in a theatre and understand how the various departments work together is also an important aspect of a director's knowledge. Each year the Jerwood Assistant Director Program, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation will aim to provide five assistant directorships which include a residency at the Young Vic and an attachment to a production. The programme will include:

  • An assistantship on a Young Vic production or co-production
  • A two-week tailored placement observing day to day running of the theatre, attending planning and management meetings and spending time in departments such as marketing, production and development
  • The opportunity to direct a short piece of work, in The Clare Theatre, to be presented alongside the work of other Jerwood Assistant Directors
  • The opportunity to devise and lead two peer-led projects for the Genesis Directors Network

Each assistant will receive a fee to covers their placement and assistantship on a production.  There is a fee and small budget to support the direction of a short piece as part of Five Plays in The Clare. 

Recent Jerwood Assistant Directors include:

  • Monique Touko and Emily Ling, Blood Wedding
  • Munotida Chinyanga, Tree
  • Emerald Crankson, Death of a Salesman
  • Seif Abdel Salam, Jesus Hopped The A Train
  • Mina Barber, The Convert
  • Eva Sampson, Twelfth Night
  • Leo J. Skilbeck, Fun Home
  • Sadie Spencer, The Inheritance
  • Nicole Charles, The Jungle
  • Anna Poole, Wings
  • Natalie Denton, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Latest 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.  Find out what events we have planned