Winner 1998

Tassos Stevens

Production: The Changeling by Middleton & Rowley


After winning the inaugural JMK Award Tassos went on to attend the NT Studio Young Directors' Programme before running the Lion & Unicorn Pub Theatre and then ROAR, a scratch programme to develop new work. He made and directed work at BAC, the National Theatre Studio, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Sheffield Theatres.

Tassos is now the Director of Agency of Coney. Projects for Coney include A Small Town AnywhereA Cat EscapesThe Loveliness PrincipleAdventure OneREMOTE; and the BAFTA-winning Nightmare High. Commissions and consultancy include for Channel 4 Education, BBC Learning, Public Health England, ITV, Imperial War Museum.

Tassos has spoken at events including SXSW, RSA State Of The Arts, Tipping Point, and In Battalions. He also regularly mentors other artists.

I had a tough time directing The Changeling in the Award's first year; I leapt towards a vision that I didn't have the experience then to realise, making many mistakes in the process. But I learnt from that and perhaps that was the making of me. There are few opportunities to make a play happen and to pursue a vision like that which the Award provides - Tassos Stevens


In 1998 our runner-up was Simon Godwin. He later directed Jean Anouilh's Eurydice at BAC based on his Award proposal. Finalists in 1998 were Fred Hogge, Teresa Murjas, Yvonne Murphy, Martin Scott-Gilmore and Alex Scrivenor.

Production photos by Barney George.