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Project information

Young Directors Training Programme

Crucial training opportunity for aspiring theatre directors in the UK to kick-start their careers.
Since 2006, the programme runs annually, depending on finances.
We aim to continue supporting the next generation of diverse and exciting theatre makers with this free & unique vocational training.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: StoneCrabs

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  • Need


    With the government's harsh financial cuts, many training programmes for young people in the arts sector are now so financially stretched, they are weakened or are disappearing altogether.

    Young, talented theatre-makers should not be encouraged to take alternative career paths. It is crucial for the vibrant future of the UK's theatre scene that these young people are given the opportunity to train. If we don't act now we risk losing a generation of exciting and challenging theatre makers


    Our project gives aspiring theatre directors hands-on, relevant training. Our programme gives trainees an insight into international rehearsal methods and also a practical understanding of marketing and fundraising strategy, Arts Council policy, producer-venue-director relationship and so much more.

    The programme concludes with the trainees professionally directing a play of choice - often a career-starting credit on their CV - to be showcased to a paying audience in London.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide trainees with insight and develop their practical skills in producing and directing.


    » Weekly sessions on production skills such as: marketing, fundraising, theatre administration, producer-director working relationship.
    » 8 hours per week practical sessions on the directors craft. Introduce trainees to international variety of rehearsal methods.

    What success will look like

    Staging the Young Directors Festival 2015.

  • Impact


    The project will provide a starting point for a career path for many talented young directors in the UK. They will benefit from the network of StoneCrabs Theatre Company and the producers/designers/actors and other young directors they work with during their training.

    Success will be defined by atleast half of participants being contracted to work on professional theatre productions within the first year of completion of the Young Directors Training Programme.


    There is a risk that the participants could pull out of or ill-attend the training programme.
    We have dealt with this risk by being clear through out the application process what the training programme will provide and expectations of the participants. The participants will sign an agreement to attend all sessions or risk losing their place, before they begin the training programme.


    Funders of this project will be regularly informed on the ongoing and forthcoming activities of the project, and any necessary changes that have been made to plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,799

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,250 Artistic Team Payment of Actors, Stage Manager and Guest Tutors
      £1,550 Production Costs Performance Rights, Costume, Props
      £1,580 Administration Part-time Administrator, stationary, phone, photocopy, web update, insurance.
      £1,550 Marketing Press Release, Photographer/photos, Advertising, Publicity Design, Publicity Printing
      £11,869 Venue Cost Training Session Room Hire, Casting & Rehearsal Venue, plus 5% contingency for unforeseeable costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lewisham Council £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    One of the youngest and most ethnically diverse communities in the country, benefitting from the open spaces of Blackheath as well as the recent development of it's arts scene and sporting facilities. Lying just south-east of Central London, Lewisham is a densely populated borough enjoying a great diversity. Some of the poverty can perhaps be traced back to the fact that lone parent families make up 18 per cent of all households; the highest rate in London


    Young people living London and in South East London and from black, ethnic minority and refugee backgrounds facing barriers in engaging with mainstream community activities, to develop creative skills in the performing arts industry as directors, producers and makers of theatre with aim to build their confidence and find their voice. Young people also facing an array of external disadvantages which prevent them from engaging with mainstream services, or being able access development support

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    StoneCrabs have been producing theatre work since 2002 and have provided vocational training for young people since 2004. We strongly believe that we have a role in nurturing young people, creating opportunities for emerging talent that is diverse and who not normally would have access to such opportunities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Franko Figueiredo

    Co-Artistic Director, Franko has over 20 years of experience working in theatre and is passionate about providing real opportunities for young artists

    Kwong Loke

    Co-Artistic Director and lecturer at RegentsUniversity London. He is passionate about theatre and passing on his craft to the next generation

    Tanja Paguco

    Artistic Associate & Associate Producer, Tanja is keen to deliver projects that promotes equalilty, opportunity and inspiration for young artists

Past Graduates Funding Campaign


vocational training session

“Without this course I would not be where I am today.”

Bola Agbaje, Director and Olivier Award-winning playwright (2006 graduate)