We've compiled some brilliant resources and initiatives run by other arts organisations, which are very useful to sign up to when building a career in theatre.
If you have any suggestions of new resources we can add, or resources we've missed off the list, please do get in touch.
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ARTS ADMIN E-DIGEST
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regional theatre young director scheme (RTYDS)
The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) is a professional artist development programme for new and emerging theatre directors in the UK. The scheme seeks out and nurtures the most talented theatre directors at the early stage of their careers; developing their skills and experience by placing them in the UK’s leading regional theatres and providing unique training and professional development opportunities.
MICHAEL GRANDAGE FUTURES
MGCfutures reach out to people of different ages and backgrounds, providing information on theatre careers, guidance and support through mentorship, online resources, workshops and participatory activities. It is also committed to bringing young people into the theatre through accessible pricing.
They have recently launched a bursary scheme, awarded across a range of theatrical disciplines including directing, writing, producing, choreography, and video design. Offering both financial and on-going mentoring support from the MGCfutures team, their recipients come from across the UK: https://www.mgcfutures.com/bursaries/bursary-recipients-2017
THE JMK TRUST
At the age of 26, James Menzies-Kitchin staged his first production. In June 1996, at the age of 28, he died suddenly and unexpectedly. In the intervening year and a half he had established himself as a theatre director of thrilling promise. He was an entrepreneur of unstoppable drive. His clarity of vision, his tenacity of purpose and above all his courage, inspired all those who worked with him.
The JMK Trust commemorates James through its James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award (The JMK Award), which encourages others in the same spirit of enterprise, vision and inspiration.
They also work with venues around the UK to offer groups for young and emerging theatre directors through their Regional Programme, to provide access to exclusive free workshop and development opportunities, as well as a chance to meet regularly with a group of peers to network and share ideas. There is no upper age limit for these groups.
STAGE ONE PRODUCERS
Stage One support new UK theatre producers and productions and are committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes. If you are an aspiring theatre producer, Stage One can help get you onto the first rung of your career ladder, and turn your entrepreneurial ideas and ambitions into reality.
THE MONO BOX
The Mono Box is a collaborative, not-for-profit network that caters for actors and theatre-makers seeking alternative, affordable training. They are committed to empowering actors by opening the door to what can seem like a daunting industry. Over the past three years The Mono Box has become a go-to resource, creating a dialogue between the professional world and those who are emerging into it.
They have a free play library where you can borrow plays, discover writers and parts, get advice when looking for audition speeches for auditions and showcases in a relaxed and friendly environment, test a monologue out in a speech showback then get peer feedback and help from a director, talk to passionate industry professionals about their experiences both informally and in Q&As, and participate in specialist workshops.
Young Vic Director's Program
As the only scheme of its kind, the Young Vic Directors Program provides proactive support for professional directors at the early stages of their career, offering a range of opportunities to help directors develop their craft.
These opportunities and activities include skills workshops, peer-led projects, paid assistant directing roles through the Jerwood Assistant Director Program and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Program on Young Vic productions, and their online network, the Genesis Directors Network, where the majority of their activities and opportunities are posted.
THE CREATIVE SOCIETY
The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
The Creative Society has the support of leading figures in the arts, entrepreneurs, politicians from across the political spectrum and policy makers. They recognise the urgency of protecting, nurturing and investing in the arts if we are to prevent a generation of creative talent being lost to the recession. They're working with the government to help put unemployed people into creative placements in arts and culture, and finding spaces across the UK which will become “incubator centres” providing space, support and advice for people setting up on their own.
HOUSE THEATRE - RESOURCES
house supports venues by improving the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across South East and Eastern England, and exists to build the audience for contemporary theatre across the region. They have put together a section of resources for artists to support best working practice in touring and the wider theatre sector. All resources featured can be shared and downloaded for free.
Devoted & Disgruntled
D&D is a nationwide conversation about theatre and the performing arts, run by theatre company Improbable.
Since 2006, D&D have been using a process called Open Space Technology to facilitate gatherings where everyone’s voice can be heard and no topic is censored. There are no key-note speakers and no fixed agenda - you decide what gets worked on at the event. They say: "If we’re going to change the world for the better, we all need time and space to collaborate on an equal footing. Devoted & Disgruntled is that time and space."
A vast listing of high-quality, live theatre recordings. Stream world class theatre experiences to any device, anywhere in the world. Rent single productions or get unlimited access for £9.99 per month.
arts council england - National lottery project grants
Project Grants is the Arts Council's new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery. The fund will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations, and replaced Grants for the Arts in March 2018.
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND - OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING
Arts Council England have helpfully provided a list of other funding sources for creative projects, with trusts and foundations including the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
THE ACTORs' children's trust
ACT gives grants to help the children of professional actors. They also offer advice and support, and can help you find other funding. Some parents seek one-off help. Some families are in touch with ACT for many years.
ACT’s Trustees are actors who understand how precarious the business is. They understand the difficulty of juggling last-minute job offers with finding childcare for unsocial hours, and understand that almost every actor will experience times of hardship.
THE NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS TRUST
The National Youth Arts Trust helps provide access to the performing arts, at all stages, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds.
They provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves, alongside setting up and running youth theatre projects in areas where there is little or no such provision.