City youth theatre launch search for director to head California-exchange

City youth theatre launch search for director to head California-exchange

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is on the hunt for an ambitious freelance theatre director to work with one of their youth theatre groups on a trans-Atlantic exchange.

APA Young Persons Company is heading for California in August on the second half of an exchange project with The American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco to work with acclaimed American playwright, Wendy McLeod on a new play.

The director will travel with the group and a member of the APA Creative Learning Team for the two-week stay to direct a rehearsed reading of the specially-commissioned play. On their return to Aberdeen, work will begin on fully producing the work for staging in the city’s Lemon Tree Studio.

Auditions are to be held for young actors for the project in May.

“APA is committed to providing the highest quality provision for young people in Aberdeen; we take our role of developing young talent very seriously and work very hard to give young people as inspirational and authentic an experience of theatre as possible,” said APA acting Creative Learning manager Claire Davidson.

“Directing theatre with young actors is a very specific skill and we are looking to recruit someone who has experience of directing young people, who understands how to get the best out of young people and the importance of a  high quality process and product.”

Anyone interested in the freelance post of theatre director should send a current CV and supporting statement to Claire at

On the first leg of the exchange last summer, members of the American Conservatory came over to Aberdeen to work on a jointly-commissioned play, The Untitled Reality Project by award-winning Scots playwright DC Jackson.

Together, the two youth theatre companies staged a rehearsed reading of the play, which they went on to produce individually in their own home bases.

Posted on Monday 18 March

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