JMK Assistant Director Opportunity – Northern Stage

The JMK Trust in partnership with Northern Stage is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & Northern Stage Directors’ Group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the North East who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

The role:

We are looking for an Assistant Director for Mark Calvert's upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. This Northern Stage production of A Christmas Carol will be designed by Rhys Jarman, lighting design by Sam Vivash, with sound design by Nick John Williams and musical composition by Hannabiell Sanders. The show will be presented in a reconfigured Stage 1 at Northern Stage.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

Rehearsals from 29th October 2018

Technical from 26th November 2018

First preview 1st December 2018

Press: 6th December 2018

Closes: 5th January 2019

As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • To provide general assistance to the Director.
  • As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including attending and noting the production.
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the North East area and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Northern Stage's Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with JMK and Northern Stage to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.


The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350.

How to apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter to Mark Calvert at by 5pm on 12th October 2018.

Interviews will be held at Northern Stage on the afternoon of 17th October.

Please detail:

Why you are interested in working with Mark Calvert the director on this production of A Christmas Carol at Northern Stage.

  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role.
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Northern Stage JMK Trust Directors’ Group will contribute to your professional development.
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in North East.

If you have any questions please contact