Shortlist for new Director Award announced by Royal Theatrical Support Trust and Sheffield Theatres
The Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) and Sheffield Theatres are delighted to announce the shortlist for the RTST Director Award 2016.
The new RTST Director Award Scheme offers the chance for an emerging director to create and direct a fully-funded production of a play by an internationally renowned dramatist at a selected regional theatre. The inaugural Scheme is being run by the RTST in collaboration with Sheffield Theatres. The emerging director who wins the RTST Director Award 2016 will be given the exciting opportunity to direct a play at the Crucible Studio Theatre as part of Sheffield Theatres’ 2017 spring season.
After a successful national call-out for entries for the 2016 Award, an official shortlist of seven candidates has now been chosen by the prestigious Selection Panel.
The shortlisted director candidates are: Marieke Audsley, Rebecca Frecknall, Max Gill, Kate Hewitt, Sean Linnen, Jonathan O’Boyle and John Wilkinson.
The seven now go forward to the final stages of the Award selection process. They must demonstrate their directing skills in workshops with actors, which will take place in London over the weekend of 28/29 May. The Selection Panel will observe and judge each candidate’s performances in these workshops, and select and interview finalists in order to determine the Award winner and an official runner-up. The winner will be announced shortly after the workshop weekend. There will be an Award ceremony in London later in the year.
The Selection Panel, chaired by Daniel Evans, the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres and Artistic Director-designate of Chichester Festival Theatre, comprises Robert Hastie, Sir Ian McKellen, Dawn Walton, Richard Wilson and Penelope Wilton.
For more information, visit the RTST website here.