Michael Pinchbeck interviews John Deeney, programme leader for MA Directing in Manchester School of Theatre. His research interests include Contemporary drama, Directing practice (Drama/Theatre), Dramaturgy/playwriting, Theatre, theory, Politics and he has published several books and articles on theatre and directs a range of different productions. He recently led on a project with Manchester School of Theatre collaborating with the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme (RTYDS) on New Directions, a pilot training and career development event for emerging theatre directors from underrepresented communities. Workshops were delivered by industry professionals from across the UK. MA Directing will start in 2021/22.