The Ugly One at the Park Theatre

Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the JMK Award 2016, is directing The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg at the Park Theatre with Buckland Theatre Company, 1st - 24th June. Roy was runner-up for the JMK Award in 2014 with his proposal for this play so we're very much looking forward to seeing this production. More information can be found here.

Assistant Trainee Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse

The position, delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is for candidates from groups who are under-represented in theatre, with a focus on candidates who are BAME (Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority).

This is a paid opportunity to experience the complete arc of a professional rehearsal process, from the first read-through to opening night. This role will support the production’s Director and Assistant Director as required, observing rehearsals, helping with research and supporting any related outreach activity.

The contract includes two projects – one is an exciting opportunity to work on Leeds-based playwright Zodwa Nyoni’s brand new play, Ode to Leeds. And, following this, to assist directors from West Yorkshire Playhouse's award-winning Creative Engagement department to help create a new piece of theatre with members of the local community.

To be considered for this role you must be – Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority, over 18, born, raised or living in Yorkshire, out of education and able to commit to the full-time demands of the role and have some experience as a theatre director, assistant director or in creating live performance.

If you are interested in this opportunity (or know people who might be), please send (or get them to send) a short email/letter (no more than 250 words) OR a short video (3 minutes max), introducing themselves, outlining any theatre or live performance experience they have, and explaining why this would be an opportunity they’d be passionate about doing, along with a cv.

Please send this to Jen Sullivan, Artist Development Co-ordinator on jenny.sullivan@wyp.org.uk, by 10.00 am on Wednesday 19th April. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 25 April between 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm. A job description and further details please can be found here.

We are recruiting ….

Fundraising and Marketing Administrator

The JMK Trust is looking for an administrator with experience of fundraising and/or marketing to help us grow and develop our work. The post is flexible and part-time (up to 3 days per week) and the annual fee is £20,800 pro rata depending on experience. More information about the post and details of how to apply can be found here. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th April.

Free Residency at Royal & Derngate Northampton

There are still some places left on this residency for directors based in and around Northampton:

The Relationship between the Director and the Sound Designer / Composer
Thursday 6 and Friday 7 April – 10.00am to 6.00pm

Award winning composer and sound designer for theatre and TV Richard Hammarton leads a practical two day residency in working with sound and music in theatre. Sessions will give the participants a language in order to collaborate with both sound designers and composers so that they feel empowered to express themselves to these key artistic collaborators as well as an insight into the creative process of making the sonic environment of a production.

Richard has worked extensively in UK theatre and internationally including at the Royal Court, Young Vic, Old Vic, The Globe and Royal & Derngate (Dealer’s Choice)as well as for the Ivor Novello winning TV series Ripper Street.

To apply please e-mail john.manning@royalandderngate.co.uk with a copy of your CV and a paragraph about why this residency would benefit your practice no later than 5pm Wednesday 29th March.

Assistant Director Opportunity at Traverse Theatre

The JMK Trust in partnership with Traverse Theatre is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK and Traverse Theatre Directors' Group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

We are looking for an assistant director to work with Traverse Artistic Director, Orla O'Loughlin on the upcoming Traverse Theatre Company Spring 2017 production Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith. The production shall be staged in Traverse 1.

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 6 February 2017

Details of how to apply are here.

Assistant Director Opportunity at Bristol Old Vic

The JMK Trust in partnership with Bristol Old Vic is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & Bristol Old Vic Directors' Group (open to all those interested in directing who live and work in the Bristol area). The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the Bristol area who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

We are looking for an assistant director for George Mann's upcoming Bristol Old Vic production of Medea. Deadline for applications is 3rd February. Details of how to apply are here. If you'd like to join our Bristol Directors' Group please email jo@jmktrust.org.

Assistant Director Opportunity at Salisbury Playhouse

The JMK Trust in partnership with Salisbury Playhouse is offering an assistant director bursary to a participant of the JMK & Salisbury Playhouse directors group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the South West who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

We are looking for an assistant director to work with director Ryan McBryde on Salisbury Playhouse’s upcoming production of Before the Party by Rodney Ackland.

Apply by 9am Wednesday 18 January 2017 - more details here http://www.salisburyplayhouse.com/artist-development/jmk-directors/

JMK Young Director Award 2017

Applications for the JMK Award 2017 are now closed. Thanks to everyone who has applied. We'll be announcing the winner in May 2017 and the winning production will be at the Young Vic in September/October 2017.

The JMK Award 2017 is kindly supported by Philip Hooker, The Arts Patrons Trust, The Martin Bowley Charitable Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust and all our individual donors.

JMK and the Big Give Christmas Challenge

The JMK Trust recently took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. We exceeded our target and raised £2585 towards our JMK Regional Programme to enable us to continue working with theatre directors around the country.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us during this campaign.

‘The Mountaintop’ directed by JMK Award 2016 winner Roy Alexander Weise

The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, directed by this year's JMK Award winner, Roy Alexander Weise was on at the Young Vic until 3rd November.  The play is a fictional depiction of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination on April 4, 1968. Performed by Gbolahan Obisesan and Ronke Adékoluejo.

Roy talks about his experience of creating the production here and here.

Here are some reviews:
The Evening Standard    4* review by Fiona Mountford
The Times    4* review by Sam Marlowe
What's On Stage    4* review by Matt Trueman
The Stage     4* review by Fergus Morgan
City A.M     5* review by Simon Thomson