Winner 2015

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Liz Stevenson

Production: Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe

Liz's production of Barbarians was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliate Theatre.

She is the Artistic Director of Junction 8 Theatre and the associate director at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. We are thrilled that Liz has also now joined our team of Director Practitioners, who co-ordinate our Regional Programme across our partner venues. Liz leads our programme at Leeds Playhouse and HOME Manchester.

Liz is also currently the Associate Director on the UK and Ireland tour of the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth (dir. by Rufus Noris).

Work as a Director: The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal and Theatre by the Lake); Under The Market Roof (Chorley Market, Junction 8 Theatre); Handbagged (Theatre by the Lake); How My Light is Spent (Royal Exchange Theatre, Sherman Theatre, Theatre by the Lake); Macbeth (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Bluestockings, Too Fast, Midnight at the Hotel Beauregard (ALRA North)

Work as an Assistant Director: Macbeth (National Theatre); Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing; Britannia Waves the Rules, Blindsided and That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Last Days of Troy (Shakespeare’s Globe); Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory); Gruesome Playground Injuries (Gate Theatre)

"I am delighted to have been given this year's JMK Award. Exploring Barrie Keeffe's writing throughout this very rigorous process has been a joyous experience from which I have been challenged and inspired as a director. ‘Barbarians’ is a remarkably relevant and affecting piece and I am drawn to its humour, grit, and energy. To direct this piece at The Young Vic with the support of the JMK behind me is an incredible opportunity for which I am very grateful." - Liz Stevenson

The runner up was Emily Lim with her proposal for 'Play' and 'Rough for Theatre 1' by Samuel Beckett. The other finalists in 2015 were Gus Miller, Ed Stambolloullian, Jessica Edwards, Joe Lichtenstein and Ben Hadley.

Photo of Liz by Rob Logan at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.

Production photos: Ellie Kurttz