New Nordics Festival is about collaboration across cultures, and so we are looking for British and international artists who are resident in London and who are fascinated by all things Nordic! We are looking for directors, actors, designers and artists who think they would benefit from a cultural exchange with the Nordic countries. 

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We have an exciting paid opportunity for six emerging theatre directors to join our New Nordics Festival at the Yard Theatre in Spring 2020. Each director will be working on a selected play from one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands), culminating in one performance at the Yard between 16-21 March 2020.


New Nordics is a brand new festival showcasing the best new writing from the Nordic countries, with an aim of creating more collaborations between UK and Nordic artists. Each director will work closely with their Nordic playwright, a London-based cast and the festival team to represent one of the Nordic countries at the festival. This will include an expenses-paid trip to the Nordic country they are working with in late January 2020 to meet their playwright and participate in a cultural exchange with local directors and theatres. Along with the final production, the directors will be part of a Q&A for the public with the rest of the creative team and participate in workshops for the public. There will also be three workshops in February on Nordic Theatre which all creative teams will attend. 


We are looking for ambitious up-and-coming directors who are interested in Nordic culture and how this can influence their practice. The directors should have a strong creative identity but be open to working in new ways and be inspired by international theatre-practices. 

They will be artists who are excited by the idea of discovering and nurturing international connections, as they will work closely with artists from the UK and abroad to bring their ideas to

life. As well as being part of and contributing to a whole festival collective, the directors should be interested in social change and how this can be explored on stage, with a desire to experiment with new ways of working.


We are looking for directors with at least 2 years professional experience.


Please send your CV, Info Form and a short cover letter explaining your interest in the project and which play you’d like to pitch if selected for an interview. The plays can be found in the PLAY SELECTION document. 

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Deadline: Sunday 24th November 12pm.





  • Interview Dates 2-5th December 2019

  • Second interview from December 9th 2019 

  • Programme Launch 14thJanuary 7-10pm

  • Travel to the selected Nordic country in late January

  • Company workshops 15th, 22nd and 29th of February

  • 2-13th March Rehearsals

  • 16-21th March Festival (you will be needed for a tech rehearsal the day before your given show date) 

  • 28th March Festival evaluation day


WHERE: London 


Please only apply if you are available for all dates above and if you have a valid passport.

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