Directors: Working on New Plays

Applications are open for our new series of workshops for directors.

A BSL version of the information below can be found below and on our YouTube channel here**.


What does it entail?

An opening up of the process of directors and their dramaturgical approach with writers and scripts, facilitated by directors who have all recently worked at the Royal Court.

The group will take part in six weekly workshops – each session will be led by a different director looking at the dramaturgy of a play they have directed, and include Q&A’s with members of Royal Court staff on how working with writers guides their approach to their role.

Sessions will also include a Q&A with a writer on what they need from a director and a session where a playwright and director talk through different drafts of a script, from early stages to first preview.


Who can apply?

We are looking for a group of 12 early career directors to be part of the discussion; those with one or two professional directing credits and a demonstrable interest in working with writers. A professional credit should be interpreted as directing professional actors in front of a paying audience. We acknowledge you may have worked in different types of processes, and work outside of this remit which is relevant to your work with writers is worth including in your application.


How do I apply?

Please fill in the online application form which you can find here. You will be asked to upload your CV into the form (PDF and Word files only).

Deadline for applications is Sunday 29 August 2021. There will be no interview process, participants will be chosen based on their application only.


Is the group accessible?

We’re committed to ensuring the group is accessible for all. We can support with access needs, travel and other costs of joining a group from outside London. Everyone who is offered a place will be asked to fill in an access questionnaire to ensure we can provide the appropriate resources.

There is no fee to take part and applicants must be aged 18 or over and based in the UK or Ireland.

If you have any access needs regarding the application process please let us know. We will accept 90 second videos in place of a covering letter.

Information given is strictly confidential and will in no way affect your application.

If you have any questions about accessibility or your application, or to send a video application, please contact Romina Ahearne:


When do the sessions take place?

Sessions will be every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for six weeks, starting on 15 September 2021.


Where will the sessions take place?

In-person at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square.


A BSL version of the information**

**Please note the correct start date is Wednesday 15th September