An Introduction to Directing

 SLATE in collaboration with RTYDS

This five-day residential workshop offers an introduction for Black* artists (18+) who are interested in exploring directing. This is a hands-on, practical week which offers a chance to work with leading Black practitioners and professional actors. The week will include: working with text, devising, different starting points for creation, physical theatre and working with new media. Expenses, lunches and accommodation (for those from outside of Sheffield) will be covered by SLATE.

Dates: Monday 24th – Friday 28th July, 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Venue: The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

Closing date for applications: 3rd July 2017, midday


  • A varied approach to directing, led by professionals.
  • To be pushed to challenge yourself artistically.
  • The chance to direct professional actors.
  • An opportunity to meet other Black artists from across the North of England.
  • A safe, fun space to experiment and play.

Who Can Apply

Black* artists working in any medium or discipline, whether they make work on their own or with others, and who are based in the North of England (North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, North East).

*Slate's definition of ‘Black’ includes African, Caribbean, East Asian, Middle Eastern and South Asian.

How To Apply

Email your CV and a 1 page covering letter to:
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Please outline why you wish to take part, your interest in directing (and any current or previous experience), along with confirmation that you are available for each day of the week-long programme.

Please also tell us what you would direct if you could direct anything you wanted to, and why. Please include in your application brief details of where you heard about this position (e.g. email, Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth etc.)

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An Introduction to Directing