JMK Award Workshop & COMMON Workshop, Nottingham

Wednesday 15th January
Nottingham Playhouse
FREE to attend

We have a double session coming up at Nottingham Playhouse on the 15th January:

JMK Award Workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about taking part in the annual JMK Young Director Award.

The JMK Award was established in memory of James Menzies-Kitchin, a young theatre director who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28, to encourage others to fulfil their potential as he had promised to do. The Award enables one outstanding applicant each year to create their own production of their choice of classic text at the Orange Tree Theatre. For many, winning the JMK Award is the breakthrough moment in their directing career. Increasingly simply taking part in the Trust’s unique, intensive development and selection process has given powerful impetus to the best theatre practitioners of the future. Previous winners include Orla O’Loughlin, Joe-Hill Gibbins, Bijan Sheibani, Roy Alexander Weise and Polly Findlay.

The Award is open to those aged 35 and under on 1st January 2020 who have directed no more than 3 professional productions.

To find out more about the Award click here

COMMON: Reclaiming Working and Under-Class Identity

Are you a working or under-class creative who works in theatre? Do you feel like an imposter within the arts? How often have you convinced yourself you aren’t right for a job or opportunity because of your class? Are you exhausted by being labelled a creative from a socio-economically “disadvantaged” background?

Responding to almost two years of research and the lived experiences of over 800 working and under-class creatives, COMMON have developed a workshop which aims to eradicate the imposter syndrome, the learned behaviour of inadequacy, and the internalised oppression so often imposed on creatives from these backgrounds.

We believe working and under-class identity is something to celebrate. We believe that our voices should be heard, our lived experiences given equal platform, and our work, creativity and skills both celebrated and meaningfully supported.

This workshop is for all the Eliza Doolittle’s out there; for those from a working-class background who feel their identities have been distorted to fit the overwhelming “middle-classness” of the creative sector. It’s time to change the narrative.

Join COMMON’s Founder and fellow working-class director, David Loumgair, for this supportive and personalised workshop exploring ways of reclaiming your working or under-class identity. Through a combination of open discussion, written exercises and responding to provocations, together we’ll seek to change personal narratives from “disadvantage” to one of strength, pride and confidence, and identify what your lived experiences enable you to offer arts organisations that they can’t find elsewhere.

This workshop is part of a pilot, and during these sessions we are exploring what the most meaningful facilitation and structure of the workshops are. We will therefore be asking for the feedback of those who take part during and following the session.

Space are limited for this event – book by following this link or calling 0115 9419419