Here at Derby Theatre we want to inspire and develop the writers, directors and and actors of the future to ensure the arts ecology in the East Midlands is thriving. We run a bespoke artists development programme in collaboration with Create Theatre, Mansfield and Attenborough Arts Centre (formerly Embrace Arts) in Leicester called In Good Companyexplore the different strands of the programme.
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Derby Theatre has a programme of activity that aims to help local people secure careers in the theatre industry. We work with young people in terms of work experience and with aspiring actors, directors and technicians to help them get their foot on the ladder or help them take that next, crucial step if they are already securing some work in their chosen career. The BBC has recognised our work in this area with a grant in 2014 from their highly competitive Performing Arts Fund which supported young director Lucy J Skilbeck and has further supported Lucy to work with us via their 2015 Alumni Scheme.
Derby Theatre announces their new Regional Theatre Young Director residency for 2016/17
We are delighted to announce that Lekan Lawal has been awarded a paid director residency at Derby Theatre for 2016/17, as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) funded by Arts Council England.
Established in 1960, RTYDS is the UK's longest running and most influential training programme for emerging directors. The scheme brings emerging directors together with the UK’s leading regional theatre companies and is particularly focused on directors who live outside London or who are from communities presently under-represented in theatre.
We are joining RTYDS at a time when it is offering more exceptional emerging theatre directors than ever before the opportunity to become artistic leaders of the future and we are thrilled to offer a home to Lekan Lawal under the scheme. Lekan will have the opportunity to assist on different productions and also mount his own production as part of our programme. In addition, the residency will also allow him the opportunity to develop his understanding of the artistic and operational workings of a theatre as a potential artistic director of the future.
Lekan is from London and trained at LAMDA. He recently worked as an associate for The Big House and is currently working on Measure for Measure at the Young Vic.