Winner 2016


Roy Alexander Weise

Production: The Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

Designer: Rajha Shakiry.  Producer: Desara Bosnja.

Roy's critically acclaimed production of The Mountaintop had a sold-out run at the Young Vic and will be touring in 2018. Since winning the JMK Award, Roy has gone on to direct the hugely successful Nine Night at the National Theatre, which is transferring to the West End later this year.

Other recent directing credits include: Br'er Cotton (Theatre 503); Heretic Voices (Arcola Theatre); Jeckyll and Hyde (National Youth Theatre); Dead Don't Floss (National Theatre);The Ugly One (Park Theatre, Buckland Theatre Company); The Dark (Fuel & Ovalhouse); Zero for the Young Dudes (Young & Talented in association with NT Connections); Primetime (Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre); and Stone Face (Finborough Theatre).

Assistant Director credits include: Hangman (Royal Court and West End); X, Escaped Alone, You For Me Fo You, Primetime 2015, Violence and Son, Who Cares, Liberian Girl (Royal Court); Albion, We Are Proud to Present...(Bush Theatre); and The Serpent's Tooth (Talawa /Almeida Theatre).

For Television, Roy was Trainee Director on Invisible (Red Room/Ballet Boys/Channel 4).

Roy is also Associate Director at the Harts Theatre Company and Lead Acting Tutor at Young & Talented School of Stage & Screen.

Runners up in 2016 were Chelsea Walker with her proposal for 'Low Level Panic' by Clare McIntyre (working with designer Rosanna Vize and producer Chloe Courtney) and Tom Bailey with his proposal for 'The Human Voice' by Jean Cocteau (working with designer Rebecca Wood and producer Molly Roberts).

The other finalists in 2016 were:

Alice Higginson working with producer Charlie Parker and designer Sophie Barlow;

Guy Jones working with designer Bethany Wells and producer Martha Rose Wilson;

Kay Michael working with designer Ruta Irbite and producer Jake Orr;

Oliver O'Shea working with designer Sophie Thomas and producer Lucy Hammond;

Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart working with designer Alex Lowde and producer Ania Obolewicz.

Photo of Roy: Rob Logan

Production photo: David Sandison