NCT call for Young Directors Festival


National Children’s Theatre (NCT) is hosting a Young Directors Festival from May to September culminating in a showcase as part of our Heritage celebrations. From classes to workshops, to the shows that empower children.

The Young Directors Program was created to provide opportunities for emerging directors to increase their practical experience and develop their craft in a safe and supportive environment. This program is intended to equip trainees with producing and stage management skills as well as directing experience and mentorship.

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The National Children’s Theatre is looking for 5 fresh, dynamic and energetic graduates or students (aged 18-25) who want to build their experience as directors! The theme for this year´s festival is HERITAGE with a specific emphasis on South-African Icons. Candidates are to choose an icon from season 1 on the website, as inspiration for a production. The icon is to be used as a point of inspiration or departure. Consider their contributions and messages.

Each director will be given between 5 and 10 child actors from the National Children’s Theatre Workshop Program to direct a one-act play. The five plays will be showcased on the last day of the festival and adjudicated by industry specialists.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit the following:

  • CV
  • Visual portfolio of work (existing and/or current)
  • 1-page proposal, which clearly indicates how you would creatively interpret the contribution and legacy of your chosen icon. Proposals should be specific, indicating genre, style and potential staging execution as well as a motivation for choosing the particular icon.
  • A creative and ingenious theatrical approach to the chosen icon is key!

Deadline for submissions: Friday 22 March 16:00.

Successful candidates will be contacted by the end of March should they have been successful.


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