A new wave of directors in Hull

Do you love telling stories? Fancy working with writers, designers, actors and musicians to bring them to life on stage? Then our new Introduction to Directing programme, in partnership with RTYDS, coming in April 2019, is for you.

Aimed squarely at storytellers who are yet to do any formal training in directing or even theatre, but who have a strong creative drive, the free, two-week programme will give you a taste of the art of theatre-making.

The first week of workshops will skill you up with a set of basic directing techniques, plus one-to-one chats with three directors from different stages in their careers to talk about their own journeys and how they make work.

In the second week you will put the skills you have learned into practice, by staging ten-minute plays, written by our Writers’ Group and performed by actors from our Acting Gym, to a small, friendly audience.

Following the second week and the showcase of your work, we will also create a development plan with each director, to help you take your next steps into theatre.

Introduction to Directing is part of the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.


Two separate weeks in April and May 2019, based on what best suits the availability of participants.

Who can apply

People who are from and/or based in Hull (with a HU postcode), aged 18 or above. No previous theatre experience is necessary.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the programme, please feel free to contact Middle Child artistic director, Paul Smith.



Photos from the 2019 RTYDS Introduction to Directing programme. Photos by Edmond Denning.