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Design Direct

Design Direct is Tamasha’s pioneering training initiative for eight emerging British Asian designers and directors who are keen to pursue a career in theatre. 
Led by Tamasha’s Artistic Director, Kristine Landon-Smith and designer Sue Mayes, and in association with The Circus Space and the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, this two-week, full time course is based at The Circus Space’s studios in east London. 
Design Direct aims to nurture the artistic individuality of its participants and equip them with the necessary professional skills through an intensive programme of workshops, seminars and individual mentoring. 
Directors will work with Kristine to explore her unique actor-centred model of practice. Sue will offer designers tailored training that works with each participant’s particular strengths. All participants will explore the collaborative relationship between director and designer.
“I loved the challenge. I loved all of it. I loved the fact that I was pushed!” 
Former participant
“To work with a company of professional actors was a marvellous opportunity” 
Former participant
Additionally, participants will benefit from:
  • Professional actors to work with directors in developing scenes
  • Guest Lecturers, who will share their own approach to directing and design
  • Theatre trips to a selection of productions
  • Access to the facilities at The Circus Space, with materials provided
  • Platform discussion around the issues of the director – designer collaboration
  • Networking opportunities with an invited audience of industry guests at a presentation event at the end of the course
  • Membership of the Tamasha Developing Artists programme, giving you access to a range of training, networking and employment opportunities
“Not only has the training informed me how to approach an actor and direction, but it has also helped me gain recognition with other theatre companies” 
Former participant
Free to take part
This full time course is offered free to successful applicants. You may also apply to receive a weekly allowance towards lost earnings, and participants from outside Greater London can also apply for assistance with relocation expenses. 
How to apply
No formal qualifications are necessary to apply for this course.
Designer applicants will, however, have a design background and be able to demonstrate a strong visual sense and an interest in theatre.
Director applicants will have some experience or a strong interest in directing and be particularly keen on exploring how the director works with the actor.
All applicants must be of South Asian background. Sections 34 and 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976 apply to this initiative. 
For an application pack, please contact Tamasha 
on 020 7633 2270 or email admin@tamasha.org.uk.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 4 June at 12pm 
Interviews will be held in London on Monday 15 June 
Tamasha Developing Artists gratefully acknowledges financial support from The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust; The Snipe Charitable Trust; The Stanley Picker Trust; Awards for All (Lottery funder); and the Friends and Patrons of Tamasha. 

Tamasha is supported by talkbackThames and is funded by Arts Council England and London Councils.


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