FIRST MAIN STAGE DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE ANNOUNCED
23 April for immediate release
During his two-year residency Gareth will be mentored by Artistic Directors Stewart Laing and Dominic Hill to participate in all areas of the operations of the theatre, gaining an insight into the complexities of programming a season; to assistant direct main stage productions from initial concept to opening night; workshop a classic play with professional actors; and benefit from the structured support the residency offers to make the transition from working in studio spaces to working on a proscenium stage. The culmination of the residency will see Gareth directing a full production of a classic play on the Citizens main stage, as part of the Citizens’ season.
Gareth Nicholls trained on the Contemporary Theatre Practice Course at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has been a National Theatre of Scotland Emerging Artist and Imaginate Artist in Residence. Gareth is also an Associate Artist of Company of Angels, London.
Speaking of his residency with Untitled Projects and the Citizens Theatre, Gareth said: ‘I am delighted to take up post as the Citizens Main Stage Director In Residence and I’m looking forward to the many opportunities this unique role will bring to my development as a director. The chance to work with two of the most exciting companies in the UK is a thrilling prospect and something I’m very much looking forward to.’
Stewart Laing and Dominic Hill share a commitment to the creative possibilities of reinventing classic texts in a proscenium arch context. Together, they created the Director in Residence post to support a mid-career director to effect change in their professional skills and practice.
Stewart Laing, Artistic Director of Untitled Projects said: ‘One of the aims in setting up the scheme was to encourage cross-pollination between the performance sector and the classical theatre sector in Scotland. Having trained on the Contemporary Performance Practice course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Gareth certainly fulfils this role. The scheme sees Untitled Projects work in a new way with the Citizens Theatre and I look forward to strengthening the connections between the organisations. I am also grateful to our partners, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Creative Scotland Creative Futures, for their generous and invaluable support. I very much look forward to working with Gareth over the next two years.’
Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre added: ‘I’m looking forward to working with Gareth who I’m sure will bring fresh ideas about how we can realise our ambition to present classic texts re-told for a contemporary audience. It’s vital for the development of Scotland’s cultural sector that established, successful organisations such as the Citizens and Untitled Projects provide opportunities to gain skills and experiences that encourage the ambitions of directors in Scotland. As cultural tenants in our building, Untitled Projects enjoy a close relationship with the Citizens, illustrated by our commitment to working together on this Residency.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation are one of the supporters of this partnership, and General Manager Jon Opie said: ‘It can be an immense challenge to make the leap from making theatre for studio venues to larger capacity auditoria. And it can be all too rare to find those career-defining jobs that will see a director break through to the next level, and to learn to manage a larger company and handle a different weight of expectation. Untitled Projects and the Citizens Theatre identified a lack of help for mid-career directors to make the transition within Scottish theatre and have crafted the Main Stage Directors Residency to address the practical and creative needs of someone making this journey. We are delighted to be investing in this programme alongside Creative Scotland, giving Gareth Nicholls the chance to apply his excellent experience on an ambitious scale.’
Gareth’s residency begins in August 2014. The companies announced their plans for the project in December 2013.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Gareth Nicholls is a theatre director based in Glasgow, Scotland but working throughout the UK and Europe. He makes theatrical performances that are both provocative and entertaining with a sense of play, innovation and investigation at their heart.
Over the last seven years he has directed and worked with National Theatre of Scotland, Tron Theatre, Arches (Glasgow) Macrobert (Stirling), High Tide Festival Theatre (London), Traverse, Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh) and Kopergietery (Belgium). Before this he trained in Contemporary Theatre Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Although primarily a director Gareth also works as a dramaturge, writer and workshop facilitator collaborating on a range of projects from new writing to classic plays in a range of venues.
Previously Gareth has been a National Theatre of Scotland Emerging Artist and Imaginate Artist in Residence. Gareth is also an Associate Artist of Company of Angels, London.
2. The Resident Director will be supported to make relevant research visits to theatres nationally and internationally. In-kind support for this purpose has been given by Edinburgh International Festival and Goethe-Institut Glasgow.
3. Untitled Projects makes large-scale theatre using cultural history as a device to navigate our collective present and possible futures. The company continually re-assesses how theatre can manifest itself: blending landscape, biography, novel, video, lecture, documentary, installation, interview, fashion, model-making, science and playwriting. Based in Scotland we look beyond our borders for our narratives and inspiration. The company was originally founded as a means for Stewart Laing to create his own unique theatre pieces, but recently we have expanded our mission to include projects of younger theatre makers who we feel are sympathetic to our aesthetics and processes. Untitled Projects are supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Untitledprojects.co.uk
4. The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow and has been one of Scotland’s flagship producing theatres since 1945. Fondly known as The Citz, it is led by Artistic Director, Dominic Hill who present a world-class, contemporary repertoire based on British and foreign classics and new writing relevant to Glasgow.
5. The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible revenue funding of the arts, supporting artists to develop and grow at important stages in their careers. They work with artists across art forms, from dance and theatre to literature, music and the visual arts. For more information on the Jerwood Charitable Foundation visit: www.jerwoodcharitablefoundation.org
6. Creative Futures is a Creative Scotland talent development programme bringing organisations and individuals together to develop the skills, talents and potential of Scotland’s creative sector. Most projects are initiated and delivered by organisations, with particular experience and skills in their field, bringing together creative individuals to interact and learn from each other.
Projects vary widely, and include fellowships, residencies, exploratory investigations, inter-disciplinary exchange, cross-sectoral collaborations, and other developmental activities. Whatever their form, projects share a common goal: to inspire, motivate and support Scotland’s creative practitioners. Through the variety of project forms, the programme is seeking to improve our understanding of talent development, and to share different approaches and models more widely.
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