Winner 2012


Sam Pritchard

Production: Fireface by Marius von Mayenburg

Sam trained as a director at Birkbeck College London and on the National Theatre Studio Director’s Course. He was the New Writing Associate at the Royal Exchange between 2010 and 2012, where he ran the theatre’s new writing programme and the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

He is now the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court. Theatre includes: The Mysteries (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Pity (Royal Court); Grimly Handsome (Royal Court); B (Royal Court); Pygmalion (Headlong/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Nuffield Theatre/National Tour); There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Soho/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Theatertreffen, Berlin); Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

I am completely thrilled to be the recipient of this year’s JMK Award. The application and development process has been an unparalleled opportunity to learn about myself as a director and to develop a production of a play I care passionately about. To be given the unique privilege of realising that idea at a theatre like the Young Vic is overwhelming and hugely exciting. I can’t thank the JMK Trust and everyone involved in the Award enough.” - Sam Pritchard

The recipient of the 2012 year’s runner up prize, funded by the Ian Ritchie Foundation, was Simon Pollard with his production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The 2012 finalists were Abigail Graham, Tim Hoare, Kate O’Connor, Kirsty Patrick Ward, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Josh Seymour.

Production Images: Jane Hobson