Slate Residential: Introduction to Directing 2019

Mon 2 - Fri 6 Sept
10am - 5pm
HOME Manchester (Weston Room)
FREE, places are limited and application is required (see info below)

This five-day residential workshop, led by writer and director Cheryl Martin, 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 more. Expenses, lunches and accommodation (for those from outside of Greater Manchester) will be covered by Slate.

Guest speakers include Chanje Kunda and Darren Pritchard.

About the Course Leader

Cheryl Martin
has experience devising and running the national Arts Council Live and Direct Emerging Black and Asian Directors' programme for three years while serving as Associate Director, New Writing/New Work, at Manchester's Contact Theatre, and has recently devised and run Emerging Directors Masterclasses for both HOME and Black Gold Arts Festival. You can find more background information on Cheryl at

  • 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.

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).

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

  1. Email your CV and a one-page covering letter to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.).

    Closing date for applications: Fri 12 Jul, midday

    We aim to get back to applicants at least two weeks before the start of the course

If money or income is a barrier to participation, please contact us to discuss ways we can support you. Support and access workers are welcome. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.

Introduction to Directing 2019 is funded by the Regional Young Theatre Director Scheme. To visit the RYTDS website, click here.

Photo credit: Mostafa Meraji (Unsplash)

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Slate Residential: Introduction to Directing 2019