The Trust has a particular interest in developing theatre directors of the future, especially those who are ambitious to run their own theatre space. It has therefore agreed to fund Associate Artistic or Deputy Director positions at four theatres, giving the selected individuals the opportunity to learn the essential elements of running a theatre, while assisting on in-house productions, directing a show of their own, and with sufficient flexibility for occasional outside freelance directing work. These positions will generally be of 12 months duration at the following theatres.
Deputy Director position reporting to Artistic Director Tom Littler, the continuation of a position initiated two years ago. The new Deputy Director will be Cat Robey.
Associate Director reporting to Artistic Director Lisa Spirling. The first incumbent will be Anastasia Osei-Kuffour.
Associate Director reporting to Artistic Director Paul Robinson. The first incumbent will be Chelsey Gillard.
Two trainee Directors reporting to Artistic Director Tamara Harvey for an 18-month period. The selected candidates are Eleri Jones and Francesca Goodridge. This initiative is co-funded with Theatr Clwyd and Arts Council Wales.
In 2018, the Trust funded a year-long programme of workshops at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, for six young directors based in Wales under the supervision of renowned director, Adele Thomas. Several of these individuals continue to receive support from the Trust, and have now gained a series of directing assignments in UK theatres.
LAMDA offers a one-year MA Directing Course for six individuals, providing them with practical classwork with the student acting body, the opportunity to assist on academy productions, and to direct their own show. The Trust provides significant funding support for this programme.