Directors Assemble!

April 23, 2018


We are hosting a FREE Open Day on Thursday 10 May, 2:30pm to offer more information about becoming a Trainee Director, including panels and discussions from members of the King’s Head Theatre.


Every year, we take on four trainees for one year on a part time basis and during their time with us, successful applicants will be attached individually to the King’s Head Theatre productions as Assistant Producers and Assistant Directors. They will also be invited to attend previews of all King’s Head productions, attend productions outside of the theatre on our behalf and to be involved in all aspects of theatre production at the theatre.


Here’s some feedback from our current Trainee Directors:


Ben Anderson


I found out about the open day through Twitter. On the day, I met the (then) current crop of Trainee Directors, learning about what they’d done with their year and how the application process would work.


Seven months in and I’m currently working on Trainspotting Live as the Associate Director, a role that involves maintaining the show and rehearsing with our understudies. I’m learning a huge amount about working with directors as well as the King’s Head’s Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, just as much as I’m learning about my own directorial style and interests. What I’m most enjoying in the programme is the variety. As an assistant this year, I’ve gone from new writing, to opera, to pantomime, to immersive theatre. All this in addition to the assistant production work I’ve done for The Mikado and the chance to shadow senior management and to learn more about how a fringe venue is operated.


Eloise Poulton


I found out about a previous Open Day via the King's Head Theatre's website and later, I applied to join the scheme… And I got in! At the moment, I am assistant director on The Mikado. The show is well in to its run, so my job at this stage is to see it bi-weekly and note it, to make sure that everything is still clean and there are no problems. It's also an important part of being an assistant to keep the morale of actors up during a run, so they know they are still being supported. Being on the TRD scheme allows me to learn how to best formulate notes in the most succinct, positive and helpful way and I am enjoying the variety and constant learning processes the scheme has offered me.


Charlie Norburn


I applied for the Trainee Director scheme at King’s Head Theatre because I knew that I wanted to work with brilliant directors and producers, first-hand experience of how a leading professional theatre is run, and finally, to develop a mentorship relationship with inspiring professionals who are passionate about early-career directors. I found it was exactly what I was looking for!


One month in, and I’m currently in the process for two shows that I’ll be working on as Assistant Director. Next month, we’ll be starting rehearsals for Adam & Eve, at the Hope Theatre, assisting the brilliant Jen Davis. This week, I’ve been working on auditions for King’s Head Theatre’s La Traviata, a brand new English-language version of Verdi’s opera from Becca Marriott and Helena Jackson, which will open in September. Helena is a terrific director, and I’m thrilled to be assisting her in this production. I am benefitting a great deal from the guidance and expertise of our fabulous Senior Producer, Executive Director and Artistic Director. My first month as a Trainee Director here has been chock-full of great theatre, great people and quality training, and I'm so grateful to King's Head Theatre for that. I have a sneaky feeling that the next eleven are going to be even better.


Alex Jackson


I read about the TRD open day on the King’s Head Theatre website. I hadn’t heard of the scheme before but I was able to find out lots from the website and knew that this was something I wanted to apply for. I’m currently attending technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, observing other directors and King’s Head Theatre staff members, assisting on production tasks like organising auditions and gaining experience in different genres; plays, operas, pantos, operettas… there’s so much diversity in the programme at the King’s Head, from Trainspotting Live to La Traviata, I’m learning loads. The team at the King’s Head Theatre are all super friendly, and generous with their time and expertise, it’s a really unique opportunity to not only get on-the-job experience of being a director, but also to learn the ins and outs of how a theatre works and all aspects of production, from programming to performance, which is really important if you want to be a director.


You can apply to attend the Open Day on our website


Applications are now open for our September intake. To apply email with a CV and a cover letter, explaining why you want to be on the course, to us by the deadline on Monday 18 June at 6pm.


Hope to see you there!


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