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

 

 

Winner of the JMK Award 2016

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The winner of the JMK Award 2016 was Roy Alexander Weise with his production of 'The Mountaintop' by Katori Hall. His designer was Rajha Shakiry and his producer was Desara Bosnja. Runners up 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 by Rob Logan

Latest JMK Leverhulme Regional Assistant Director Bursaries

Congratulations to our new JMK Leverhulme Assistant Director Bursary recipients. Christa Harris will be assisting Tessa Walker on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Birmingham Rep. Miriam Higgins will assist Adam Penford at Salisbury Playhouse on Deathtrap and Alex Rex will assist Gary Sefton on The Snowqueen at Royal & Derngate Northampton. Tom Guest will assist Annie Rigby on Up and Out Christmas Sprout at Northern Stage. More assistant director bursary opportunities at our regional partner venues will be coming up in 2016.

Winner of the JMK Award 2015

The winner of the JMK Award 2015 was Liz Stevenson with her production of Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe which was at the Young Vic 27th November - 19th December 2015. We are delighted that Liz's production of Barbarians has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliate Theatre.

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.

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Photo by Rob Logan at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre.