As a member of TDS you will be part of a diverse network of theatre directors living and working throughout Scotland. We host a wide range of events, activities and facilities so that our members are supported to develop their best artistic and managerial practice. This work is sustained by extensive programmes of networking and training across a variety of artistic and technical disciplines.
We also engage with causes and policies which relate to or impact the profession of theatre directing in Scotland. We are here to represent your interests and will undertake strategic lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the sector.
We look forward to welcoming you into our network where you can connect with our member partners, groups and individuals who all share a motivation to improving the theatre and performing arts sector of Scotland. Together we aim to develop Scotland’s cultural role locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Invitation to members’ meetings at venues throughout Scotland.
Voting rights at meetings of TDS.
Online listing of your profile on TDS website (our DirectorY)
Subscription to members-only newsletter with information on TDS, industry news, opportunities, and a format to promote your own projects.
Open participation opportunities to promote your own projects and events.
Discounted or free attendance to events, forums, facilities and activities.
Access to general advice and guidance.
Access to hub of information, support and guidance for the theatre and performing arts sector.
1-to-1 mentoring, coaching or advice sessions.
Invitation to member-only events.
Education & training designed to assist in the development of professional, technical and artistic skills relating to theatre practice and/or directing.
Strategic lobbying and advocacy, directly representing the interests of TDS members to funders and key decision makers.
Festival networking throughout August.
Entry to our Ticket Raffle, where Scottish theatre venues regularly provide complimentary tickets for our members.
If you have any questions about membership or would like to join please contact us below. The annual fee is £50, £30 concession and we offer a variety of payment plans. We look forward to hearing from you!
We want as many directors to access help as possible so we are extending perks to pending members, meaning if you sign up today we will not demand the full payment of membership but rather ask that you agree a payment plan with us. You will then become a pending member and enjoy all membership benefits. We hope this means finances will not be a barrier for folk enjoying our services in these difficult times. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Our COVID 19 specific schemes for members were:
Friends for the End of an Era, a buddy scheme linking playwrights and directors with help from our friends at Playwrights' Studio Scotland
Direct Lines, a buddy scheme where directors can talk about their development, hopes and fears with a peer.
Desert Island Designs, a buddy scheme between designers from the Envelope Room and directors.
Playgroup, a chance to work on a piece of writing with Tron Theatre's Build/Maker participants virtually.