RTYDS runs programmes in partnership with theatres and companies outside London across England, offering opportunities to directors and theatre makers from the earliest stages of their career right up to leadership development. We broker partnerships between regional theatres and theatre companies to extend their ability to develop their artistic offer and diversity. The scheme benefits individual participants, theatres, theatre companies and the UK theatre industry as a whole.
RTYDS addresses the needs of directors from backgrounds currently under-represented in UK theatre as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability. Diversity is at the heart of our work and, across our core programme, 95% of participants are from under-represented groups. 47% identified socio-economic barriers (class) as the reason for lack of access to career development, 41% were artists of colour and 23% identified as D/deaf or disabled.
Our work directly addresses imbalance in theatre by nurturing a diverse range of directors and theatre makers who bring their voices to the stage, making theatres’ programming and work force more reflective of the communities they serve and developing the next generation of artistic leaders who will change the sector from within.
For directors and theatre makers (who often bring the creative and production teams together to make work) to produce great art they need to work with creative off stage collaborators who are fully reflective of contemporary society. Stage Sight is a vital force to make this a reality.