New Directors Programme 2021
The VAULT New Directors Programme offers a complete introduction to directing for the stage in an accessible and inclusive environment. This 8 week programme will provide participants with a grounding in choosing and working with a piece of text, structuring a rehearsal process, working with a creative team, the writer/director relationship, and working with actors in a professional setting.
The course starts on Saturday 22nd May and culminates in a professionally produced showcase performance on Sunday 11th July.
Who’s It For?
Prospective directors over the age of 18, who have a passion for directing theatre for the stage and have never staged a full-length play before, or received any professional training in directing.
Absolute beginners are strongly encouraged to apply and we are particularly keen to hear from people whose backgrounds make it challenging for them to break into the creative industries.
What Does It Involve?
Six selected participants will receive mentoring and support to direct a 10 minute extract of a play written by participants in the VAULT New Writers Programme, and create a fully developed ‘Ideas Book’ for staging a full-length show. The programme is made up of weekly 3-hour sessions, which take place every Saturday afternoon, 2pm-5pm. Workshops involve practical instruction, group discussion, and guest speakers. Participants will also be encouraged to attend group trips to see shows, including streamed performances and if possible, live theatre.
A 10 minute extract of the piece developed as part of the New Writers Programme will be performed at a showcase evening on Sunday 11th July to an audience made up of invited industry and the public. The pieces will be produced by VAULT Festival, performed by professional actors, and directed by participants on the New Directors Programme that runs alongside the
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