Winner 2009

Caroline Steinbeis

Production: Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill


Caroline is a freelance theatre director and dramaturg. She is currently Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres and was formerly the International Associate at the Royal Court (2011-2013). She studied at Royal Holloway and completed her MA at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Recent directing credits include: Rutherford and Son (Sheffield Theatres); Love and Information (Sheffield Theatres); Edward II (Cambridge Arts Theatre); The Tempest (Royal & Derngate); The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); We Want You to Watch (National Theatre); The Broken Heart (Globe Theatre, Sam Wanamaker); Take, Love, Run (Molodiy Theatre, Kiev); Show 6 (Lyric Hammersmith and UK Tour); Talkshow (Royal Court); Brilliant Adventures (Manchester Royal Exchange); A Time to Reap (Royal Court); Earthquake in London (UK Tour for Headlong and National Theatre); Charged (Soho Theatre); Mad Forest and Photo Story (BAC); Mile End (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).

It is immensely reassuring to have the support of the JMK Trust in an industry as challenging as the theatre world. I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity, and am incredibly excited to be putting together a production with the backing of such a fantastic creative team. I intend to enjoy this experience to the full - Caroline Steinbeis

madforest2Director Caroline Steinbeis, winner of this year's JMK Award, has set herself a difficult task with Mad Forest; here she triumphs - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

madforest1A most ably acted play directed by Steinbeis with a steady precision and sensitivity to the nuances of people’s behaviour in love, in danger and in grief - Jeremy Kingston, The Times

Finalists in 2009 were Russell Bender, Derek Bond, Kate Golledge, James Hammond, Anna Jones, Ellen McDougall and Joseph Murphy. The selection weekend was led by Roxana Silbert, Ex-Artistic Director of Paines Plough, Associate Director of the RSC and vice-chair of the JMK Board. All finalists participated in a Designer/Director Development Week at BAC working with an award-winning team of creatives led by Jon Bausor and including Ian MacNeil, Ben Oremerod, Mark Espiner and Dan Jones of Sound and Fury, Douglas O'Connell, Ian Dickinson and Jon Clark.

Production photos by Graham Michael.