JMK Birmingham Workshop – Directing & Devising

Thursday 13th June, 7-9pm
Birmingham REP

What is the devising process? How can you apply it your own practice?

Former REP Foundry Artist, Will Jackson, will be running some clowning and devising exercises based on his practice and the work he does with Quick Duck Theatre.

LYNNEBEC, an experimental movement company based in Birmingham, will be talking about their process of devising and running some exercises with the group to give insight into how they create content for shows and projects.

To book your free place for this workshop, please email

If you are not already a member of our JMK Birmingham directors' group, please copy in

JMK Bristol Workshop – Starting Your Career as a Director

Tuesday 9th July
Coopers' Loft at Bristol Old Vic

Starting your career as a theatre director? Join JMK Director Practitioner, theatre and opera director Adele Thomas for a free and informative workshop for those at the beginning of their directing career.

Sign up for your free place by emailing Lucy Hunt, Engagement Director at Bristol Old Vic,

This workshop is for members of our JMK Bristol directors' group. If you are not already a member, simply copy in to your email when signing up to the workshop.

Meet the JMK Award 2019 Finalists

We're thrilled to share details on the finalists of the JMK Award 2019:

Oscar Toeman. Credit: Johan Persson

Oscar Toeman

Runner-Up, in partnership with designer Rebecca Brower, in recognition of their effective collaboration.

The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble

About the production:

“In 'The Sugar Syndrome' a recovering bulimic befriends a semi-reformed child molester online, and, together, they attempt to help one another. The play explores our need for connection, and the limits of our empathy. It speaks to us now with its nuanced, messy humanity, and is quietly radical in its plea against knee-jerk responses and judgements; its insistence of listening, understanding someone else. And yet, when does our compassion become problematic?”

‘Let's be lonely together, a little less lonely together.' (Lonely Together, ‪Rita Ora‬ & ‪Avicii‬)

Creative team:
Director: Oscar Toeman, Designer: Rebecca Brower, Lighting Designer: Jess Bernberg, Sound Designer: Giles Thomas, Movement: Chi-San Howard

Anthony Almeida

born bad by debbie tucker green

Credit: Johan Persson / The Royal Opera House

Creative Team:

Director: Anthony Almeida, Designer: Eleanor Bull

Credit: Eleanor Bull



Becky Hope-Palmer

Salonika by Louise Page

About the production:

“Louise Page has perfectly encapsulated the current issue many families face when growing old with no children to look after you. I believe a play such as this could start a larger discussion about the future prospects of caring for the elderly. It could also go some way to asking why this generational divide has happened and explore how to better understand each other.

Salonika shows there is most definitely another narrative for women in drama. Women must be seen leading on stage in all their forms, not as an aid to their male counterparts but as the protagonist.

Staging this play now will give actors over sixty the opportunity to fill our stages telling vivid, interesting stories that ask questions about our humanity in all it's complicated forms - what it means to grow old and with whom. What we value in life. Why grow old if you can't share life with anyone?”

Creative team:

Director: Becky Hope-Palmer, Designer: Ruth Hall, Composer: Sophie Cotton, Movement: Ayse Tashkiran


Jane Moriarty. Credit: Ben Delfont

Jane Moriarty

born bad by debbie tucker green

About the production:

“In debbie tucker green's searing family drama, language becomes a ferocious weapon. When Dawta confronts her family about the dark secret of their past, subjective truths and fragments of memory collide in a devastating battle of silence, victim-blaming and betrayal.

In our proposed production, we want to bring out the fragmentary and inquisitional form of the play, to engage the audience as active witnesses complicit in the unfolding story, and to create a dynamic and immediate production with economic use of design elements, psychologically vivid performances and sensitive attention to rhythm, pacing and the poeticism of the language.

debbie tucker green won the 2004 Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer for born bad, which was originally performed at the Hampstead Theatre (2003).”

Creative team:

Director: Jane Moriarty, Designer: James Donnelly, Lighting Designer: Jessica Hung Han Yun, Sound Designer: Alexandra Braithwaite, Movement: Shelley Maxwell


Jocelyn Cox. Credit: Manuel Harlan

Jocelyn Cox

Last Easter by Bryony Lavery

About the production:

“It's a beautiful exploration of the punch of grief. What to do when your heart hurts, when you just miss them and miss them and miss them. But much more it is a play about peace, hope, people acting from love even when it's complicated and will ultimately hurt like hell.

A narrative of fear, hope, sacrifice, faith and love is played out through both direct address and scenes, to create a uniquely poignant depiction of true friendship. Our production focuses on faith. Faith in friendship, and in love, far more than in salvation.

The crescendo of design elements is the final sequence, when beauty breaches the performance space and engulfs the whole theatre. We reveal a beautiful overwhelming image which communicates the transcendent spiritual experience of joy after heartbreak, that moment you can finally breathe with your whole lungs again.”

Creative team:
Director: Jocelyn Cox, Designer: Grace Venning, Lighting Designer: Lee Curran, Sound Designer: Peter Rice



Lilac Yosiphon.
Credit: Natalya Chagrin

Lilac Yosiphon

Static by Dan Rebellato

About the production:

"Static by Dan Rebelatto explores the chaotic landscape of grief in both BSL and Spoken English.

Our approach to the design was inspired by the work of Christine Sun Kim, Pina Bausch, Crystal Pite and Gecko Theatre and the writing of Max Porter and Michael Rosen.

Following major shifts in how we perceive loss and inclusiveness, this production would utilise a movement-led-approach to integrate both languages and engage with deaf and hearing audiences.”

Creative Team:

Director: Lilac Yosiphon, Designer: Jemima Robinson, Lighting Designer: Will Monks, Sound Designer: Liam Quinn, Movement: Angela Gasparetto.


Tash Hyman

Little Baby Jesus by Arinze Kene

Creative Team:

Director: Tash Hyman, Designer: Liam Bunster, Sound: Xana, Lighting: Jessica Hung Han Yun, Movement: Yassmin Foster, Costume Associate: Natalie Pryce

About the production: Design images credit: Liam Bunster

‘You know when you tell everyone to stop, and they're all just looking at you, and that kinda surprises you because you never thought  they would pay you any mind' - Joanne, 'Little Baby Jesus' by Arinzé Kene.


'Every flower came from the dirt. You're supposed to shake off some of the dirt that you came from, but if you don't you're still a flower innit. Most of the mandem's songs will be dirty but you've got to understand where we're coming from innit' - 'Don't call me Urban!', documentary by Simon Wheatley


‘Far from where I wanna be in this life/ It's nothin' I can't be in this life/ I just wanna do my ting and be free in this life' - 'Pressure', Little Simz





The winner of the JMK Award 2019 was Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, with his production of Little Baby Jesus by Arinzé Kene. To find out more, please click here.

JMK HOME Workshop: Working with a Movement Director

Thursday 6 June, 6.30pm
HOME Manchester

What can a movement director offer your piece? Movement directing is a broad term for what practitioners working with movement can offer a production. How do we work together to realise physical life into the piece? It can sometimes feel overwhelming for both the director and the movement director at the start of the process. To discover how to make the process more seamless, join Jennifer Jackson for a practical workshop exploring what we mean when we talk about embodied performances and physical languages.

Jennifer is a movement director, actor and theatre maker. Some movement direction includes: Be My Baby/Around The World in 80 Days (Leeds Playhouse), The Dark (Fuel Theatre), Death of a SalesmanQueens of the Coal AgeOur Town (Royal Exchange Theatre), Parliament Square (Bush Theatre & Royal Exchange Theatre), The Mountaintop (Young Vic & National Tour), and Paines Plough Roundabout Seasons 2017 & 2018.

Places are free but you must be signed up to the JMK HOME Directors' Group. To sign up to the Group, please email and copy in

Members of the JMK HOME Directors' Group can book their free place here.

JMK Traverse Workshop: The Director, Dramaturg and Writer 

Friday 14 June, 11am-1pm 
Traverse Theatre

Led by Traverse Theatre Interim Artistic Director, Gareth Nicholls, this workshop will explore the relationship between a director &/or dramaturg and writer and the process of taking a script from initial idea to fully staged production. Looking at questions such as...

- How can writers and directors work effectively together?
- When is the right time to give ’that’ note?
- What happens when you disagree?
- Where do your loyalties as a director lie?
- And how do you move from script notes to the dramaturgy of realised scene - and what’s the difference?

This will be a discussion based workshop exploring ideas around dramaturgy, note giving and different models of working together asking how, ultimately, we can all collaborate effectively to put on the best show possible.

Places for this workshop are now full. Please email to be added to the waiting list.

This workshop is open to members of the JMK & Traverse Directors’ Group. To join, please send a CV and a covering letter to and copy in

JMK Workshop this Saturday with Rosanna Vize, Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Saturday 25th May

Workshop with Rosanna Vize, Designer
Designer for The Audience, opening soon at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (City)
Free to attend

This workshop with Rosanna Vize will take a look at the Director-Designer relationship and the process of creating and developing design for the stage. Rosanna is currently working on The Audience which will open at Nuffield Southampton Theatres this week.

Rosanna trained as a designer at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. On graduating she became one of the finalists for the prestigious Linbury prize for stage design in 2013. In 2014 Rosanna became one of the Jerwood Young Designers and was resident assistant designer at the RSC from 2014-2015. Credits as Designer include: Cougar (Orange Tree Theatre), Hang (Sheffield Crucible), The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre), The Audience (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Almighty Sometimes (Manchester Royal Exchange), Leave Taking (Bush Theatre), FUP (Kneehigh), Incantata (Galway Festival & Barbican). She won the 2018 Off West End Award for Best Set Design for her work on Low Level Panic (Orange Tree Theatre).

To book your free place, please email:

JMK Northern Stage – Meet the Artistic Directors

Thursday 6th June 2019
Northern Stage, Stage 3

A JMK event hosted by Northern Stage’s Associate Director, Mark Calvert. This panel discussion with Artistic Directors from across the North East will allow you to find out more about journeys into the industry, what leading a company is like in ‘real-life’, what they’ve learned and how that’s helped shape them as makers. Plus, there will be a chance to put your questions to the group. The panel will be:

Annie Rigby – Unfolding Theatre
Ali Pritchard – Alphabetti Theatre
Joe Douglas – Live Theatre
Lorne Campbell – Northern Stage

There will be a chance to meet fellow artists, theatre makers and members of the panel following the discussion.

This event is hosted as part of Northern Stage's NORTH Festival. You can book your place here.

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu Wins the 2019 JMK Award

The Trustees of the JMK Trust today announce that Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu wins the 2019 JMK Award, this year in a new partnership with the Orange Tree Theatre, with his production of Arinzé Kene’s Little Baby Jesus forming a core part of the theatre’s annual programming. This opportunity provides Fynn-Aiduenu with the opportunity to direct a full-scale Orange Tree show with the production values and nurturing guidance the building is famous for. Tristan will work with designer Tara Usher on his production. This year’s runner ups, and the recipients of £2000, are Oscar Toeman and his designer Rebecca Brower in recognition of their effective collaboration on their proposal for The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble.

As a director, 24 year old Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu’s credits include Sweet Like Chocolate (Jack Theatre Studio), Melanin Box Festival (Theatre Peckham), Fresh Direction as part of the Young Vic’s My EnglandTimbuktu (Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Black Attack (Bush Theatre). As an Assistant Director, his work includes The Brothers Size (Young Vic), Soapbox (Central School of Speech and Drama/Embassy Theatre/Talawa Theatre, and D and Suffocation (Ovalhouse). Tristan is an Associate Creative of Initiative.dkf.

Little Baby Jesus was first performed at Oval House Theatre, London, in May 2011 in a co-production by Oval House, BEcreative and the English Touring Theatre. It is published by Nick Hern books and saw Kene win the Most Promising Playwright Award at the Off-West End Theatre Awards.

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu said, “It is a blessing to be given the support and time to mount the professional revival of Arinzé Kene’s play Little Baby Jesus that changed my life. I want people to watch this piece and see that their growing pains can make incredible stories and that there is someone out there desperate to hear them. I thank the JMK Trust and Orange Tree Theatre for investing in my madness. I cannot wait to tear this stage up!"

Stephen Fewell, Chair of the JMK Trust, said today, “It’s a unique privilege to be able to support emerging directors like Tristan. We all know there are so many artists in the theatre industry who deserve to encounter opportunity, but Tristan’s engaging ability and ambition when working with actors make him a more than worthy winner of this year’s JMK Award. In partnership with the Orange Tree Theatre, we’re delighted this year’s JMK Award will give him an unrivalled opportunity; to direct in the main space of an Off-West End theatre.

“We are exceptionally grateful to all our funders, who share our belief that new theatre artists need to encounter support and opportunity if they are to sustain both a career, and themselves. Their financial commitment helps us identify and sustain the creative leaders of the future.

“With his singular energy and flair, Tristan’s forthcoming production of Arinzé Kene’s ‘Little Baby Jesus’ should set the Orange Tree space alight this Autumn.”

Paul Miller, Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre commented, “We are extremely proud to be working with the James Menzies-Kitchin Trust for the first time this year, producing the show chosen as this year’s winner of the JMK Award. The Orange Tree has artist development at the heart of its ideals, and in recent years we have produced work by many exemplary emerging directors such as Ned Bennett, Alice Hamilton and Chelsea Walker. Our partnership with the JMK Trust starts a new chapter in this history of director development here at the OT. I have no doubt that this year’s winning director will make great theatre happen in our unique space.”

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu. Image credit:

Assistant Director Opportunity on RADIO (directed by Josh Roche, JMK Award Winner 2017)

Josh Roche (JMK Award Winner 2017) is looking for an Assistant Director on the stage production of RADIO by Al Smith (Harrogate/Diary of a Madman) at the Arcola, starring Adam Gillen (Amadeus, National Theatre).

"Lying there, drifting up into those ancient lights was exactly like looking into the past. It is looking into the past. History, I think, is just a property of light."

The production is rehearsing in two 2-week blocks. One from 13th May to 24th May, and the other from 3rd June to 14th June. Tech Rehearsals will occur on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th. The show opens on Wednesday 19th. This is a paid opportunity with a weekly fee of £471.

The post is a 3 week post. The candidate would be free to choose which three weeks they would like to attend. The weeks or days do not have to be consecutive (for example first three weeks, or two days a week until the end of the run, etc).

All candidates with at least two credits either as a director or assistant director are welcome to apply. Application deadline is 6pm Wednesday 8th May (apologies for late notice).

How to apply:

Please send a brief covering letter of no more than 300 words detailing what you'd hope to gain from the role, along with a CV, to

JMK Northern Stage – Emerging Talent Directing Residency

The JMK Trust and Northern Stage are hosting an Emerging Talent Directing Residency.  

Venue: Northern Stage, Newcastle
Date: Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th May
Cost: Free

The residency is a 2 day series of events and workshops aimed at emerging directors working in theatre and based in the North East of England. A brilliant opportunity to develop your directing skills alongside local artists in a relaxed, supportive and inspiring environment! The two day event, led by Maria Crocker and Mark Calvert, will include an opportunity to work with 4 actors on a selection of texts, a skills sharing workshop and an open discussion about some of the practical and emotional challenges that directors sometimes have to face.

Applicants should ideally be able to participate in the full programme which will take place on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th May (between 10am and 6pm). There can be some flexibility around this so please let us know your availability in your application.

This event is aimed at emerging professionals and so priority will be given to those with between 1-5 years professional experience.

Deadline for notes of interest is Wednesday 8th May, we will let you know soon afterwards if you have been successful.

To apply:

This opportunity is open to all directors with less than 5 years professional experience.

Directors – Please submit a short statement (1/2 page of A4 max) explaining why you would like to take part in this opportunity, where you are based and a copy of your CV, including your email and telephone number. Please send your application to

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