Actors from Emily Brown and the Thing, talking about the book with some children.

Directors Programme

We aim to support directors who put storytelling at the centre of their work. We have two tiers to our Directors Programme; the Tall Stories Directors Short Course and the Tall Stories Directors Award. Directors can apply for one or both tiers.

Applications are now open for the Tall Stories Directors Programme 2024!  Please see below for information and how to apply.

Tall Stories Directors Award 2024

Tall Stories are looking for emerging directors to apply for the Tall Stories Directors Award. Three theatre directors will receive 5 days each of free use of the Tall Stories Studio to develop their storytelling theatre practice, plus mentoring and a £1000 financial contribution to go towards any costs for the week.

We are looking for theatre directors who are testing ideas or creating shows which:

  • Involve narration and/or storytelling that directly addresses the audience, e.g.

“Alice followed the White Rabbit down the rabbit-hole, then found herself falling down a very deep well…”

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning, he found himself transformed into a gigantic insect.”

  • Are original pieces.

Retellings/adaptations of existing stories are suitable; pieces that use a script that has previously been performed would not be suitable.

  • Are for any audience and age group.

We are especially interested to hear from directors who live in Islington (and neighbouring boroughs) and/or who are from under-represented backgrounds in the theatre industry.

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Chosen directors will be offered:

  • One week of free rehearsal space in the Tall Stories studio, week commencing either 15, 22 and 29 April 2024.
  • A £1000 contribution to any costs for the week.
  • A mentoring session with one of the Tall Stories team.
  • The opportunity to have a sharing in the studio with an invited (not public) audience at the end of the week.

Please click the links below for more details.

If you have any questions, or if you would like this call out information in another format, feel free to contact: Fiona Bines on or 020 8348 0080.

How to apply:

We are holding an optional 1 hour online Zoom session to give more information about the award and what we are looking for in applicants on Wednesday 24 January 2024, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Please click here to register your interest on Zoho.

Please click here to complete the Directors Award application form via Zoho.

The deadline for applications is 5 February 2024, 10am.

We will be in touch with everyone who applies by 9 February 2024.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an interview. From these interviews we will decide which three directors will receive the Tall Stories Award.

Interviews are likely to be week commencing 12 February 2024. We will provide interviewees with the main questions that will be asked during the interview in advance.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Equal Opportunities:

Tall Stories is committed to equality and diversity within our workforce and across all opportunities.

We ensure that no person is unfairly discriminated against in our recruitment and selection policies and procedures. We actively welcome applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and industry.

Your application and any associated personal information will be stored and processed in accordance with our Data Policy and destroyed after six months.