Two of Scotland’s most innovative theatrical organisations are offering a rare 2-year residency to a mid-career director to study and stage large-scale classic plays and giving the support to take the next step in their career.
Untitled Projects and Citizens Theatre are jointly inviting applications from mid-career directors for a two year residency. Supported and mentored by the Artistic Directors of the two organisations, and two of Scotland’s most respected directors, Stewart Laing and Dominic Hill, the participant’s residency will culminate in the direction of a classic play on the iconic Citizens’ Main Stage, programmed as part of the Citizens’ season. The paid position has been made possible through support from Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures Programme and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Planned to begin in April 2014, the format of the residency will be tailored to suit the successful applicant. The Resident Director will have the opportunityto assist Dominic Hill and another high profile director working at the theatre during the residency; participate in the operations of the theatre, gaining an insight into the complexities of programming a season; and workshop a classic play with professional actors, before directing their own production as part of the Citizens Theatre’s season.
Untitled Projects Artistic Director Stewart Laing said “We’re fortunate that the Scottish theatre scene has lots of opportunities for emerging directors, however the pathways to taking that next step, to presenting large-scale, classic plays on a proscenium arch stage, are more limited. Through this residency, as well as developing the participant’s skills as a director, we will be able to guarantee that the resident director will see their work on the Citizens’ stage. With Untitled Projects cultural tenants in the Citizens Theatre building, I’m really pleased that Dominic and I will be working together on this project and that the Resident Director will be able to benefit from the diverse breadth of experience, but shared ideology, of both our organisations.”
Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill said “My vision for the programming at the Citizens Theatre is to present classic texts re-invented for contemporary audiences and I’m looking forward to working with a director who will bring fresh ideas about how we can realise this. It’s vital that established, successful organisations like the Citizens and Untitled Projects provide opportunities that encourage Scottish directors’ ambitions and equip them with the skills and experience needed to deliver truly inspirational live theatre.”
Applications are invited from those who have been working in professional theatre anywhere in Scotland for at least five years and who have directed at least three fully-staged productions. To apply for the residency, applicants are invited to submit a completed application form to Louise Irwin, Producer at Untitled Projects by Monday 20th January. Application forms and further information are available fromhttp://www.untitledprojects.co.uk/opportunities/