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 toured across the UK in 2018. Since winning the JMK Award, Roy has gone on to direct the hugely successful Nine Night at the National Theatre, which transferred to the West End. Roy has been awarded an MBE and was recently appointed as Joint Artistic Director of the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Other recent directing credits include: Master Harold... and the boys (National Theatre); 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).

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