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 directing work includes: 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), Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic), Henry VIII  and Jack Shepherd's Holding Fire! (both for Shakespeare's Globe), Songs of the South and The Unknown Kurt Weill (Young Vic/English National Opera), Just Between Ourselves (Ayckbourn at 70 Season, Northampton Theatres), The Circle (Oxford Stage Company), The Tempest (National Theatre Shakespeare Unplugged Tour & Cottesloe).

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 withOxford 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