Young people aged 13-18 who attend schools that are already working with are invited to apply to be part of the programme, like they might apply for a job. We then work with our partner schools and the Regional Theatre Partners to identify the candidates who we think will benefit most from the opportunity and create a shortlist. From 40 to 50 young people will be recruited from across the country to work with different RSC departments such as production, communications, technical, digital departments and costume, design and props.
To recruit our initial intake of 24 students, we are looking for individuals with exceptional talent. Members will be aged 13 to 18 years old and attend (or have attended) our 500+ associate and partner schools. The recruitment process will be carried out us in consultation with our Lead Associate Schools and Regional Theatre Partners: Blackpool Grand; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury; Hull Truck Theatre; New Vic Theatre, Stoke on Trent; York Theatre Royal; Newcastle Theatre Royal; Hall for Cornwall; Intermission Theatre, London. To allow our first intake to ‘grow’ with the company we will start by recruiting young people in their early teens. They can then stay with the company until they are 18, and each year we will recruit new members.
We will work in partnership with Intermission Theatre to run a pilot scheme in 2017 for young people 18+ years who demonstrate obvious creative leadership and/or directing skills. Those who take part will demonstrate strong leadership skills and a capacity to command a room full of people, develop ideas and make theatre. The pilot programme will develop into an annual programme aimed at identifying and recruiting new directing talent. It will also connect with existing national initiatives including the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.