Winner 1999

Winner 1999
Winner: Mark Rosenblatt
Production: The Dybbuk by S. Anski
Mark Rosenblatt is Artistic Director of Dumbfounded Theatre, currently an Associate Company at the Young Vic. Work includes Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi (Dumbfounded & Oxford Stage Company/Arcola Theatre), C.P. Taylor’s Bread and Butter (Dumbfounded/Oxford Stage Company/Southwark Playhouse/Tricycle Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Thelma Holt Ltd & Theatre Royal, Plymouth and tour), The Tempest (National Theatre Tour and Cottesloe), Somerset Maugham’s The Circle (Oxford Stage Company/Tour/Yvonne Arnaud) and A Passionate Woman (Royal Theatre Northampton).
I have no doubt that the JMK Award is the best one-off young directors’ bursary around. It creates an incentive for a young creative team to come up with really concrete ideas for a show in an existing space. It encourages a freedom of choice of play that a young jobbing director is unlikely to experience again for a number of years. And, most importantly, it does not involve assistant directing. You are given a show, a real challenge with the backing of a kick-start budget (a terribly important psychological head-start over any other fringe experience). Other bursary schemes offer months of assistant directing and, whilst this is often invaluable, there’s nothing like directing a show in a theatre if you want to be a theatre director - Mark Rosenblatt
 
Rosenblatt brings an assured and intelligent touch to his reading of The Dybbuk, endowing the play with an intensity that resists the temptation of spilling over into melodrama. A truly remarkable evening of theatre - The Independent
A dark, languid production - The Evening Standard
An impressively assured debut on the professional stage – The Jewish Chronicle
Spine-tingling moments - Time Out
Finalists in 1999 were Richard Beecham, Lee Blakeley, Nick Green, Julio Martino, Josie Rourke, Philip Wilson and Charlie Wood

Mark Rosenblatt

Production:The Dybbuk by S. Anski

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Mark Rosenblatt is currently Associate Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse. From 2011-13 he was the Associate at the National Theatre Studio. He has run Dumbfounded Theatre since 2001.

His recent directing work includes: The Fruit Trilogy (US premiere, Abingdon Theatre at Lucille Lortel Theater, New York); De Profundis (Vaudeville Theatre); Waiting for Godot (Tobacco Factory Theatres and tour); Animal Wisdom (co-directed, Bushwick Starr Theater, Brooklyn, New York); The Country (Japanese premiere, Gorch Brothers Productions at DDD Aoyama Cross Theater, Tokyo); Villette (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Fruit Trilogy (WOW Festival, Southbank Centre London & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Richard III; Avocado; uncle Vanya and Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Jack Thorne's adaptation of Stuart: A Life Backwards (Hightide Festival, Watford Palace, Sheffield Theatres; nominated for Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh 2013 Award).

For Dumbfounded Theatre:  Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi (co-produced with Oxford Stage Company/Arcola Theatre); C.P. Taylor’s Bread and Butter (co-produced with Oxford Stage Company/Southwark Playhouse/Tricycle Theatre).

He is very proud to serve as a Trustee for the JMK Trust.

I have no doubt that the JMK Award is the best one-off young directors’ bursary around. It creates an incentive for a young creative team to come up with really concrete ideas for a show in an existing space. It encourages a freedom of choice of play that a young jobbing director is unlikely to experience again for a number of years. And, most importantly, it does not involve assistant directing. You are given a show, a real challenge with the backing of a kick-start budget (a terribly important psychological head-start over any other fringe experience). Other bursary schemes offer months of assistant directing and, whilst this is often invaluable, there’s nothing like directing a show in a theatre if you want to be a theatre director - Mark Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt brings an assured and intelligent touch to his reading of The Dybbuk, endowing the play with an intensity that resists the temptation of spilling over into melodrama. A truly remarkable evening of theatre - The Independent

A dark, languid production - The Evening Standard

An impressively assured debut on the professional stageThe Jewish Chronicle

Spine-tingling moments - Time Out

Finalists in 1999 were Richard Beecham, Lee Blakeley, Nick Green, Julio Martino, Josie Rourke, Philip Wilson and Charlie Wood