About the JMK National Programme

We work with venues around the UK offering groups for young and emerging theatre directors, to provide access to exclusive free workshop and development opportunities as well as a chance to meet regularly with a group of peers to network and share ideas. There is no upper age limit for these groups.

Partners so far are Tobacco Factory Theatres and Bristol Old VicSherman CymruNorthern StageTraverse Theatre; HOME ManchesterLeeds Playhouse; New Vic Stoke; Royal & Derngate NorthamptonBirmingham Rep; Nottingham Playhouse; Reading RepWiltshire Creative and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

Click on a venue to find out more about the JMK Directors’ Group we run there and how to join.

About the National Programme:

Our groups at these partner venues are run by our five Director Practitioners (DPs) - who are established, locally-based directors. These DPs curate our Programme for their region, working with their nearest partner venues to tailor our Programme to the needs of local directors.

The emerging directors who take part in our Programme benefit from the mentorship, guidance and support of their local DP, who is in place to oversee their creative and professional development. The DPs also lead workshops at each other’s venues, exchanging knowledge and skills to benefit all our participants.

Our Director Practitioners are Adele Thomas, Nik Partridge, Maria Crocker, Martin Berry and Piers Black. Find out more about them here.

Assistant Director Bursaries:

At each of our JMK Directors’ Groups, we award one Assistant Director bursary each year for a member of that group to assist on a production at their local venue. Click here to discover more about our bursaries.

Our Supporters:

The JMK National Programme in 2018/19 is supported by The Carne Trust (for our work at Sherman Cymru), The Leverhulme Trust, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.

Read more about the Programme here:

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