Supporting and nurturing talent is a vital part of Royal & Derngate’s creative work and we have a number of ways that artists can engage with us.

Generate

Royal & Derngate run Generate, a new artist development scheme that launched in 2016.

Over the year, we curate various initiatives to support artists and the creation of new work. We aim to ‘generate’ and strengthen our artistic community in Northamptonshire and the region, encouraging connections, collaborations and conversations. Generate projects and events will run alongside our current work to further support local artists.

For more information on upcoming events, email Erica Martin.

Directors’ Group

In collaboration with the JMK Trust, Royal & Derngate are delighted to be offering a series of workshops which will allow directors and theatre makers based in the East Midlands the opportunity to gain an insight into the processes other directors use when rehearsing a play and the workings of a busy regional theatre.

Upcoming JMK WORKSHOPS Autumn 2017

 

Thursday 9 November  – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Q and A with Tom Hescott, the newly appointed Chief Executive of SDUK

Tom Hescott will discuss the work of the recently created group Stage Directors UK which aims to support directors and lobby for their rights at all stages of their careers. He’s keen to hear the group’s questions about what you need as emerging directors in terms of support from SDUK. Thomas is a founding member of SDUK and has sat on the board since the organisation was formed. He is currently writing the director training and career development report commissioned by RADA, the National Theatre and Old Vic which will be published later this year.

Tuesday 5 December – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Advice session with Caroline Steinbeis 

Caroline Steinbeis (recently appointed Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, The Tempest at Royal & Derngate 2016 with National Youth Theatre, The Crucible at the Royal Exchange and The Broken Heart at the Globe) was a recipient of the 2009 JMK Award, through which she directed Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest. She will give the group advice on how to apply for the Award which will be launched for 2018 at the end of December.  She will talk through her experience of the selection process, from initial application to pitching her idea to an industry panel.
If you are interested in joining a workshop or being added to our mailing list, please e-mail our Producer John Manning.

 

Playwrights

Royal & Derngate does not have a Literary Department and so sadly we do not have the capacity to read all unsolicited scripts that are sent to us. However, we read as much as we can and aspire to respond to writers where possible. Due to workload, please be aware that it can take a number of months for us to read your work and send a response. If you are interested in submitting a script, please e-mail it to Heather Mendonca.


Practitioner Training

Royal & Derngate is committed to supporting the work and development of local theatre makers through training schemes that develop emerging artists who have a passion for creative learning and participatory work. We have different levels of training, from Assistant and Trainee Practitioners through to Creative Projects Associates.

Occasionally, we also offer voluntary internships and support for emerging companies to work with the Creative Learning Team to develop a specific participatory project.

For more information email Trudy Bell.


Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme 

In 2015 Royal & Derngate joined with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) to host emerging director Jesse Jones, for an 18-month residency. The programme nurtures young directors by offering them experiences to hone their craft, by providing a thorough introduction to life in a busy producing theatre.

More details about the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.rtyds.co.uk/rtyds-for-directors.php


Assistant Director Bursaries

Three local directors have become Levershulme Arts Scholars and been given the opportunity to assistant direct Made In Northampton productions; Dan Hutton assisted James Dacre on Cat On A Hot Tin Roof in 2014, Alex Rex assisted Gary Sefton on The Snow Queen in 2015 and Leigh Toney assisted Luke Sheppard on Peter and the Starcatcher in 2016.


Musical Theatre

MUSICAL THEATRE DARKROOM 2016

In February 2016, Royal & Derngate hosted the first ever Musical Theatre Darkroom with partners Musical Theatre Network, greenhouse and China Plate. Darkroom is China Plate’s flagship artist development strand which offers opportunities to theatre makers who create work through a collaborative, sometimes communally authored or devising process.

Royal & Derngate played host to Rash Dash, Bola Agbaje, Caroline Horton, Katie Lyons, Tim Sutton, Craig Adams, Pippa Cleary and Ella Grace.


THE PERFECT PITCH AWARD

In 2014, the inaugural Perfect Pitch / Royal & Derngate Musical Theatre award was awarded to Chris Bush and Matthew Winkworth – a £12,000 commission to develop their brand new musical, Odd. The show was mounted in a concert version at Royal & Derngate in the Royal in February 2015.