Winner 2004

Anne Tipton

Production: Attempts On her Life by Martin Crimp


After winning the Award in 2004 Anne became the assistant director at Bristol Old Vic under the Channel 4 Theatre Directors' Scheme where she assisted David Farr, Melly Still, David Fielding and Simon Reade. She then became resident director at Bristol Old Vic where her credits include Phaedra’s Love (also at the Barbican), My Front Line and The Taming of the Shrew. Her directing credits also include: Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Central School of Speech and Drama, Ned and Sharon at the Hightide Festival and Senora Carrar’s Rifles for the Young Vic’s TPR. Anne also completed a bursary with the BBC to train to direct for television.

Winning the Award gave me my first opportunity to direct a fully-fledged, professional production. It is rare for young directors to be given an opportunity to actually direct, but the JMK gave me the space to learn on my feet and to practice my craft on my own terms. This experience was invaluable to me and has given me a solid grounding for the rest of my career - Anne Tipton


There’s much more to the play than post-modern tricksiness, and Tipton’s production brings every dark, disturbing nuance to the fore - Sam Marlowe in The Times


Tipton, her designer, Naomi Dawson, and an engaging, versatile cast rise to the challenge with an admirably sharp production that shows a sure instinct for the cryptic, pitch-black comedy of the piece - Paul Taylor in The Independent

You have to hand it to Anne Tipton. This year's winner of the JMK Award, the prize for promising young directors, has got courage - Lyn Gardner in The Guardian

In 2004 the shorlisted directors included Natalie Abrahami, Dominic Le Clerc, Rachel Grunwald, Emma Harding, Sam Leifer, Pip Minnithorpe and Anna Silman.

Production photos by Naomi Dawson.