As part of Theatr Gen Creu – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s programme which supports the development of theatre artists and fosters talent – the company is calling for applications for Awenau: A Training and Mentorship Scheme for Theatre Directors. This is a unique opportunity for emerging and early career directors, or theatre practitioners who are eager to change direction and try their hand at directing, to enable them to develop their craft. Awenau is a comprehensive training scheme that includes masterclasses with experienced theatre directors, and practical experience of working as an assistant director on one of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s productions and as director of a reading of a work in progress.
The aim of the scheme is to nurture future talent in the world of Welsh-language theatre, to ensure that individuals feel confident to boldly take the lead on future exciting theatre projects and productions.
Awenau is open to individuals of all ages and from all parts of Wales and beyond, who wish to direct Welsh-language theatre. The company is seeking people who are eager to explore, to experiment and to enhance their craft, or to develop new skills, if turning to directing for the first time from other careers within the theatre sector. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru particularly wishes to encourage applications from groups that have traditionally been under-represented in the arts – disabled people, women, black and Asian people, individuals from other ethnic minority groups, those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals from the LGBTQ+ community.
As part of the company’s commitment to ensuring that this scheme is accessible and open to all, every element will be offered without any costs to the successful applicants. The placements as assistant director and director of rehearsed readings will be paid employment opportunities, in line with industry standard terms of engagement.
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“The best way to learn how to direct is to direct! But the opportunities to do so for emerging directors are few and far between, especially paid opportunities. This often means that the only ones who can take advantage of these rare opportunities are those who are in a position to support themselves financially whilst gaining experience. This scheme represents a way of extending access to theatre directing, as all that is offered is free of charge; costs to attend the training opportunities are covered, and there are paid opportunities for participants to develop their craft. And venturing into this field requires guts, as well as self-confidence. We hope that the opportunities to shadow and learn, to receive training, as well as to direct, whilst being mentored by an experienced director, will allow the successful candidates to break the ice, and encourage them to grasp the creative reins in a safe and supportive environment.”
For full details about the scheme and information on how to apply, please see the information pack here.
The ability to communicate fluently in Welsh is a requirement for this scheme.
Closing date for applications: 17:00, Monday 21 January 2019.
Date of interviews: Interviews will be held at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s headquarters, Y Llwyfan, Carmarthen, or over Skype, on 19 and/or 20 February 2019.