JMK Young Director Award 2017

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the JMK Award 2017 is Joshua Roche with his proposal for his production of My Name is Rachel Corrie by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman. Joshua is working with designer Sophie Thomas, producer Paul Casey with lighting by Joe Price and his production will be at the Young Vic in the autumn.


On winning the Award, Josh said: “I’m stunned and delighted to win the JMK award. It’s hard to express quite what it means to me. The chance to direct at the Young Vic is extraordinary in any context, but to be working on this play makes the opportunity even more remarkable. My Name is Rachel Corrie is about the irrepressible political voice of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who was killed in Gaza in 2003. Directing this play as Trump overturns decades of work towards a settlement in Palestine is galling, but proves this is a story worth telling. Rachel Corrie and I were born only ten years apart. Her legacy is our inheritance. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to tell her story on the Young Vic stage, and hugely indebted to the JMK Trust”.

The runner-up this year is Nathan Crossan-Smith with his proposal for random by Debbie Tucker Green. His team are designer Nina Patel Grainger and producer Tobi Kyeremateng.

The other finalists and their teams this year are:

Anthony Simpson-Pike with designer Emma Bailey and producer Debo Adebayo
Chelsea Walker with designer Rosanna Vize and producer Annabel Williamson
Finn den Hertog with designer Camilla Clarke and producer Laura Mallows
Polina Kalinina with designer Emma Bailey and producer Morag Massey
Rafaella Marcus with designer Ruta Irbite and producer Frankie Parham
Sadie Spencer with designer Alex Berry and producer Celia Dugua.

The JMK Award 2017 is kindly supported by Philip Hooker, The Arts Patrons Trust, The Martin Bowley Charitable Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust, the Young Vic and all our individual donors.