Derby Theatre welcomes Omar Khan as their new Regional Theatre Young Directors scheme recipient

Following the recent national Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme announcement, we are delighted that Omar Khan has joined Derby Theatre as our new RTYDS recipient, working at the venue as part of the 18-month scheme until June 2023.

The Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme is the UK’s foremost programme of paid professional artist development for theatre directors in the UK, offering bespoke training opportunities to artists, from the earliest stages of their career through to leadership development.

Omar is as a freelance director and facilitator with a focus on collaborative, experimental processes, and the 18-month RTYDS programme will provide him with the opportunity to work as a resident Assistant Director at the Theatre. Omar will also have a sharp focus on supporting and nurturing regional artists. One of his first roles as part of the residency was to be appointed as Assistant Director on Derby Theatre’s production of the highly acclaimed, The Palace of Varieties.

Omar Khan (Male) Headshot

Omar says:
"It's a genuine honour to be selected for this residency. Some of the artists who inspire me most have come through RTYDS, the likes of Madeleine Kludje, Jay Zorenti-Nakhid and Sameena Hussain have done so much to support the development of countless artists, and it's my hope that I can use this residency to pay that forward. 

I'm most excited to learn and develop myself as a theatre maker, alongside nurturing the artistic landscape of Derby, supporting other emerging artists in the region. I can't think of anyone better than Sarah Brigham and Derby Theatre to be learning from in this respect. 

As part of my residency, I've just finished working on Derby Theatre's latest produced show, The Palace of Varieties, and I'm going to be assisting on the Theatre's productions during my time here, which is brilliant. I'm also working closely with the Derby CAN team to support their artist development programmes, as well as shadowing and learning from all departments in the building, from finance to marketing and all points in between."

Throughout Omar’s journey here at Derby Theatre, he will be offered lots of support, guidance, mentoring and training to develop his creative skills, learn how a theatre is run and also have the opportunity to make work, culminating in directing a production at the end of the RTYDS 18-Month scheme.

We look forward to working with Omar during his residency and we are excited to see how he develops and the work that he produces.

More information about the national Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme: