Associate Director RTYDS
Fixed term until August 2019
Salary: £18,000 pro-rata

In partnership with Northern Stage, RTYDS are piloting a new model for a part-time associate director programme. Aimed at a director with a strong professional track record, it will provide access to making work on the middle scale and to direct learning about the role of an artistic director. Simultaneously, the associate will be able to pursue elements of the portfolio career of the contemporary freelance director. The purposed of the programme is to enable a director to develop their craft as a theatre director, their understanding and experience of artistic leadership and to support the work of the artistic director.

Based at Northern Stage, for 18 months from May 2017, the Associate Director will direct a studio production and develop key skills in organisational management and operations, gaining insight and experience in theatre leadership. There is also a commitment to offer a main stage production in 2019.

A fee of £18,000 is offered for 30 weeks full time equivalent, flexible hours are by agreement. It is expected that the role will have periods of full time work, rehearsals, development periods etc. but also provide sufficient flexibility for freelance work.

The Job Description is attached below. To apply, please download and complete the RTYDS Associate Director Application Form and the RTYDS Monitoring Form for Equal Opportunity, and email to Sue Emmas at or, post to: RTYDS, c/o Michelle Hickman, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7DH. Please do not send applications to Northern Stage.

Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday 13 February 2017

RTYDS Associate Director Job Description

RTYDS Associate Director Application Form

RTYDS Monitoring Form for Equal Opportunity


Associate Director Young Company
Fixed term to December 2018
Salary: £25,000 per annum

Northern Stage is reimagining how our Young Company programme works with economically disadvantaged and diverse communities.  We are exploring innovative new models of creative engagement, and are looking for a passionate, effective and visionary Associate Director Young Company to help us on this mission and drive impactful change.

Young Company will drive a strategic step-change in the way we work with young people aged 16-21 from disadvantaged backgrounds.  It will create opportunity, provide training, develop confidence, skills, aspiration and pathways to achievement for a range of vulnerable young people who might otherwise be denied opportunities to realise their creative and cultural potential.  Young Company forms a major programme of work for Northern Stage to develop talent, delivering inclusive creative practice and the opportunity to regularly showcase work by young people.  The programme is supported by a £150k grant from the Clothworkers’ Foundation, awarded to Northern Stage at the UK Theatre Awards 2016.

The Associate Director Young Company will build and deliver an ambitious Young Company programme to engage young people from across the region in regular theatre, performance and creative activity.  You will lead on the vision of the programme, curating, directing and facilitating the creation of work with young people in a range of new and innovative modes of performance.  You will work with colleagues across the organisation to present work by Young Company inside and outside of Northern Stage’s building, in live, digital, installation and durational contexts, to connect the voices of diverse young people to a broad range of audiences.  The Associate Director Young Company is a member of the Participation Department.

Northern Stage is the largest producing theatre in the North East of England, and one of the top producing theatres in the UK.  From our home in Newcastle upon Tyne we present a programme of classic and contemporary drama, dance and comedy on three stages, and through our touring, artist development and participatory programmes we serve audiences across the North East and UK.

Northern Stage is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.  We encourage enquiries and applications from all sectors of our community, and seek to recruit a team of staff who reflect our surrounding community.  

For more information please refer to the Application Pack (download here)
To apply for this role please complete the Application Form (download here)
Please note: CVs cannot be accepted

The closing date for applications is Thursday 19 January 2017 at 12noon.



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