Josh Roche’s blog

Applying for stuff is a big part of life as a theatre director. Applying for funding, applying for competitions, applying for jobs, the list goes on and on. Actors have to keep launching themselves into auditions, directors have to keep applying, keep pitching, keep offering themselves. It means that being bloody minded and obstinate can become quite useful, in its place.

For the JMK Award, this application process begins with a list of plays. The Trust puts out a list, and from the selection on offer you find one that sets your hair on end. The first application is an opportunity to talk about the elements of the play that most move you, and write about them as best you can. Trying to explain how you’d enable those elements, and amplify them. You get to dream big (which doesn't happen that often) so it’s worth enjoying that.

At the long-list stage you assemble a team and invite other minds into that mission, principally a designer and a producer who work together to make your vision seem attractive, dynamic and (crucially) affordable. If you reach the short-list, the specifics of your vision get tied down. What does the model box look like for your production? Can you justify each budget line? How do you work with actors? How does that complement the vision of the production?

The whole application process is about trying to convince a group of people that your show would be extraordinarily good. That’s ‘good’ in the context of other Young Vic shows, good in the context of previous JMK shows, just good, period. Being humble in the face of that mission is really, really important. Try to admit what you’re not good at (in my case, devising, movement and music), then tailor your application toward what you can speak about with confidence and clarity. Try to do simple, achievable things very well. Stack the deck in your favour.

For me, the JMK was the annual highlight in a calendar of applications. Every December I would read through the list of plays and every January submit my 1500-word application. I tried every different tactic, with a whole host of different plays, and every year until 2017 I was rejected at the first round.

Each year the rejection got much easier to handle, until it was just a feature of January. That’s when you know you’re hitting a groove, when the rejection washes over you and you look forward to the next thing rather than dwelling on the past. Go for a run, have a drink, whatever you do to lift your spirits, then move on. Cracking that, psychologically, is much more important than winning a competition or getting a good review.

When it happened, I had no idea how I’d won or why my production was chosen over others. If you win I’m sure you won’t know why either. So, the important thing is to speak clearly about what you believe you can achieve, and why you think it would be a powerful, moving production. After that, just keep applying.

JMK Regional Blog – Gemma Aked-Priestley

We asked Gemma Aked-Priestley (JMK Assistant Director bursary recipient for 'The Shadow Factory', Nuffield Southampton Theatres) for an insight into the bursary experience, some tips for directors starting out and a few ultimate ambitions...

 

photo credit: Liv Fowler

Why did you apply for the JMK Trust bursary? 

Nuffield Southampton Theatres has always been special to me. I grew up in Southampton and subsequently it was at the Nuffield where I saw my first piece of professional theatre (it was 2008 and I was on an A level Drama trip, the production was the hauntingly beautiful Frantic Assembly’s Othello. I will never forget it). From the moment I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a theatre director one of my goals was to direct something back in my home city. The summer I graduated from Mountview, where I had been studying for an MA in Theatre Directing, I emailed Hannah Bevan (NST Studio Producer) and we arranged a chat. After this initial meeting I started developing a relationship with NST. I directed a short piece for their Laboratory new writing night, attended a week long producing course, saw shows at the venue, applied for assistant directing jobs (both applications were unsuccessful) and carried out an R&D supported by NST, the Arts Council and the Bunker Theatre. Approximately a year and a half after this initial chat I saw that the JMK were advertising a bursary for an assistant director for The Shadow Factory. By this stage I was was steadily building confidence in my understanding of the theatre and my own practice so I put in an application – fortunately I was offered the position. This project felt particularly relevant to me as my long-term goal is to spearhead a regional theatre as an artistic director and assisting on The Shadow Factory meant that I got to work closely with NST’s artistic director, Sam Hodges. It was an incredibly valuable opportunity.

 

What are three things you learnt from working on the production?

  1. Listening is the most important skill you can develop as a director.
  2. As an assistant director, you should always have your headline thoughts ready to relay to your director. I learnt this from The Shadow Factory’s associate director, Anthony Lau, who was a fantastic mentor to me. Headlines are essentially your top three thoughts about the piece as a whole. The director will be receiving notes from a wide range of creatives so as an assistant director whittling down an ocean of notes to three concise and digestible thoughts will be incredibly helpful to your director. The likelihood is that you will not get asked for you headline thoughts on a daily basis but it’s good practice to have them prepared just in case.
  3. Relationships trump everything. As well as working hard to do an excellent job as an assistant director it’s just as important to be a charming and fun person to be around.

 

What's your next project?

I’m currently directing the European premiere of Gracie by Joan MacLeod at the Finborough Theatre starring Carla Langley (The Ferryman, Orca, Cuddles). Carla is utterly compelling to watch and a dream to work with. Gracie is a gripping and life-affirming one-woman show about a young girl growing up in a polygamous cult. It is inspired by the notorious Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints communities in Canada and the USA. The production is partnered with Refuge Charity, the UK’s largest provider of support and services to women and children suffering from domestic abuse.

I am also supporting Indigo Griffiths dramaturgically and as a director on her latest project, Passing, a new play that exposes the controversial practice of “racial passing” - the use of skin colour as a form of social currency. Set in Chicago, 1941, Joey, John and Eliza are siblings but their lives are about to take different paths. Joey is embracing the New Negro Movement, John is breaking barriers at college and Eliza is preparing to pass as white. In a world where everything is determined by race, what can you gain by concealing who you are, and more importantly what can you lose? In August 2017 we undertook Arts Council funded R&D and recently we shared a rehearsed reading of the piece at RADA supported by the Women@RADA network. We’re currently in talks trying to finalise our creative partners in order to mount a fully realised production for 2019. I am very excited about the future of this project.

 

What have you always wanted to direct? 

My passion is new writing so whenever I’m considering what my next project might be, I naturally focus on what writers I’d like to collaborate with and what new stories we might tell together. I would love to direct plays based on the lives and music of Amy Winehouse and Eminem. At the moment I am obsessed with the notion of trans-identity and I'm considering directing an epic adaptation of The Passion Of New Eve by Angela Carter as well as collaborating closely with a writer to create new work inspired by the lives of Rachel Dolezal and Gayle Newland.

 

If you could direct a cast of anyone from history, who would it be?

Sheridan Smith

Uzo Aduba

James McAvoy

Viola Davis

D.J Pierce

Daniel Kaluuya

Marlene Dietrich

Robin Williams

Yoshi Oida

Kate Winslet

 

What advice would you give to directors starting out?

Where to start? Take a deep breath, dig your heels in and get ready for the ride!

I think the two key pieces of advice I would give to directors who are just starting out are, to be brave and develop a strong point of view. Get to know yourself and strive to be the most you you can be. Only tell stories that excite and resonate with you. Seek out stories that are untold and stories that will bring something new to the conversation. Never be afraid of making mistakes creatively. In my experience the most daring work is born from taking creative risks which inevitably means there will be creative highs and lows. Embrace that.

Another thing people may not realise when they’re just starting out is that this industry is made up of some of the most generous and genuinely supportive people you will ever meet. Never be afraid to ask for help. Being a little bit cheeky has got me a long way! Email one of your favourite creatives (you may have to do some internet stalking to find their or their agent’s email addresses) and politely explain how much you admire them and ask if it’s possible to shadow rehearsals or to meet for coffee. Do your homework and only contact people who you genuinely admire and would love to glean a deeper insight into their process. One of my initial assistant directing gigs was born out of an exchange just like that, and I’ve now developed a wonderful relationship both professionally and personally with a director who I’ve admired for years. It’s important to find your tribe of theatre makers whose work you want to champion and who want to champion your work too. Organisations like The Mono Box are fantastic networks where you can participate in workshops, gain top tips at industry Q&A sessions and thrive in an environment that’s set up to help like-minded artists connect. I cannot sing their praises enough.

What else... When you’re first starting out engage with a wide range of art forms created by a diversity of artists. See and read as much as possible (without breaking the bank of course. Finances will be tight for most directors who are just starting out so make sure you have a budgeting system and various side jobs in place to support yourself). Be kind to yourself. Celebrate your mini victories. In fact be kind to everyone you encounter (from artistic directors to the bar staff at the venue).

And finally… remember that theatre directing is a long game. It’s crucial to be hungry but you also have to cultivate patience and perspective over (what we all hope will be) long and fruitful careers. Focus on your own journey and try not to compare yourself to others around you. Create work out of love not out of fear.

 

What career advice would you like to receive right now?

I would love to find out more about how directors find work as resident or associate directors on large scale West End shows. I adore directing theatre with small casts in intimate spaces but equally I appreciate the thrill of a theatrical spectacle and would relish the opportunity to gain experience in a West End environment.

 

What excites you most about directing?

What most excites me about directing is the inherent liveness of theatre. There is an energy, an electricity that comes from live performance which I can’t get enough of. There’s nothing more satisfying to me then leading a team in the creation of a play that’s fizzing with liveness. I also adore watching audiences, particularly audiences made up of people who don’t necessarily work in the arts. I find it so joyful to witness how a story can move people, whether they’re tearing up, gasping in disbelief or shaking with laughter.

 

Gemma is a member of our JMK Directors' Group at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and was recently awarded our Assistant Director bursary to work on the inaugural production at their new venue, NST City - 'The Shadow Factory' by Howard Brenton, directed by Sam Hodges.  This JMK Assistant Director bursary was supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Find out how to join your nearest JMK Directors' Group here.

JMK & Birmingham Rep Assistant Director Bursary

 

The JMK Trust in partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & The REP 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, based in the West Midlands who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

 

The role

We are looking for an Assistant Director for Melly Still’s upcoming production of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, adapted by Bryony Lavery.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

W/C Monday 30th July 2018: Rehearsals, Northampton Royal & Derngate

W/C Monday 6th August 2018: Rehearsals, Northampton Royal & Derngate

W/C Monday 13th August 2018: Rehearsals, Northampton Royal & Derngate

W/C Monday 20th August 2018: Rehearsals, Northampton Royal & Derngate

W/C Monday 27th August 2018: Production Week, Northampton Royal & Derngate

Friday 31st August 2018: Preview 1, Northampton Royal & Derngate

Wednesday 5th September 2018: Press Night, Northampton Royal & Derngate

Saturday 22nd September 2018: Last performance at Northampton Royal & Derngate

 

And subsequently to attend the get-in and opening performances of the following runs:

 

Tuesday 25th September to Saturday 6th October 2018: Performances Liverpool Everyman

Tuesday 9th October to Saturday 20th October 2018: Performances Northern Stage

Tuesday 23rd October to Saturday 27th October 2018: Performances Oxford Playhouse (tbc)

Tuesday 30th October to Saturday 10th November 2018: Performances Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Tuesday 13th November to Saturday 17th November 2018: Performances at New Wolsey Theatre

 

As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • To provide general assistance to the Director.
  • As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input to discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producers.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including seeing the production in to touring venues and noting the production on tour.
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.

 

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the Midlands and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Birmingham REP Directors’ Group, and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK Artistic Coordinator and The REP to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.

 

 

Bursary

The Leverhulme Bursary consisting of £2,350 will cover the rehearsal and performance period in Northampton until Saturday 22nd September 2018. Any additional work after that date, including attendance at tour venues will be paid for by The REP at a daily rate of £125 per day.

 

Expenses: In addition to the above fee, The REP will provide accommodation in hotels or apartments whilst in Northampton and at partner venues. The REP will also reimburse reasonable standard class return rail fares upon presentation of an invoice and appropriate receipts.  No other out of pocket expenses will be covered.

 

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Sarah-Katy.Davies@birmingham-rep.co.uk  by 6pm on Monday 7th May. Interviews will be held on Monday 21st May 2018.

 

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working with Melly Still on this production of The Lovely Bones
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre & JMK Trust Directors’ Group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in the Midlands

 

If you have any questions please contact Sarah-Katy.Davies@birmingham-rep.co.uk

JMK Regional Blog – Charlotte Marigot

"The JMK Trust does something invaluable in rewarding emerging directors with professional experience and giving them a chance to grow"

JMK Regional Bursary recipient Charlotte Marigot describes working as the Assistant Director on Macbeth at Tobacco Factory Theatres (22 February - 7 April) directed by Adele Thomas. 

"Since I have been assisting in theatre production I have looked for the different projects that will enable me to go further with my craft. Every opportunity enabled me to work on a new genre, a new practice or even a new format. I had learned about the JMK Trust originally through the JMK Award that offers an emerging director the opportunity to direct a show at the Young Vic and it was when I was studying my MA at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School that I heard of the regional bursaries. I am working towards making work in the South West and therefore I have been on the look out for JMK's different opportunities for the South West Group.

Working on the Scottish Play (I won't dare calling it by its name again!) was a project I wanted to work on since I read the play. I loved the conflict of Human versus the natural order of Nature, versus Life, the idea that we believe ourselves to be able to defeat it, be stronger than it - while we are not; as well as the idea that language fools us, despite being our most powerful tool. The play was produced at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol and so being in the South West it was an even more interesting project for me.

The role of an Assistant Director varies from the Director, the project and even the room you are rehearsing in! For this production one of my jobs was to work with the young actors of the cast: there were 4 brilliant actors aged between 9 and 11 to play the parts of Fleance and Macduff's son. I was also here to be a second pair of eyes in the room for Adele Thomas our Director.

It was also an excellent opportunity to extend my understanding of how to approach a Shakespeare play - Adele Thomas' forensic analysis of the text was very insightful - and to learn how to respond to some challenges that threaten the stability of a production for example having to change actors during the rehearsal period as well as during the actual run of the play.

This JMK bursary was a stepping stone in my career as it enabled me to work professionally on Shakespeare and in Bristol and I am very grateful for it. I wish and hope to carry on this new relationship with Tobacco Factory Theatres in the future.

Thanks to the bursary itself it enabled me not to have the extra pressure to work on the side to finance my rent and expenses which was invaluable. Paid assisting opportunities are rare and make a massive difference. This was my first paid job and I have been Assistant Directing for 5 years.

The JMK Trust does something invaluable in rewarding emerging directors with professional experience and giving them a chance to grow.

I can only encourage emerging directors to apply to their different bursaries and encourage old and new funding members to keep participating in creating new opportunities for the directors of today and tomorrow."

To find out more about our JMK Regional Programme and Assistant Director bursaries, please click here.

You can also click to find out about our current opportunities - we are offering an Assistant Director bursary at Northern Stage (for directors based in the North East, deadline 13 April) and the chance to shape our Regional Programme as one of our more established Director Practitioners (UK wide, deadline 20 April).

Come and work with us

We are recruiting four Director Practitioners to run our Regional Programme.

Each of the Director Practitioners will be responsible for running the Directors’ Groups at several of our partner venues up to end of March 2019. This will include planning and delivering a programme of workshops and residencies, mentoring and bursary recruitment as necessary.

Each will be responsible for several venues each as follows:

Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Northern Stage Newcastle
HOME Manchester and West Yorkshire Playhouse
Royal & Derngate Northampton and Birmingham Rep
Salisbury Playhouse, Reading Rep and Nuffield Southampton Theatres.

Deadline for applications 20th April 2018.

For more information about the role and details of our how to apply please download our recruitment pack here and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form here.

Please contact jo@jmktrust.org with any questions.

JMK Regional Blog – Maria Crocker

In the first of a new blog series about our Regional Programme, former Assistant Director bursary recipient Maria Crocker (Catch 22, Northern Stage)  describes the productions she has subsequently worked on, including her recent role as the staff director on the National Theatre's Pinocchio.

"I received my regional JMK bursary in 2014, to assist Rachel Chavkin on her production of Catch 22 at Northern Stage/UK tour, and since then I've spent the majority of my time working in regional theatres around the UK. I've continued to make my own work alongside assistant and associate director ​jobs, creating opportunities to form relationships and build networks with different artists, venues and companies. It's been extremely useful and insightful interchanging between directing my own projects and supporting other directors on theirs. I've loved ​the variety​ of shows that I've​ been involved in, using so many different approaches and ideas, invariably inform​ing​ my own process and the kind of work that I want to make.

Last year I was offered the role of staff director on John Tiffany's production of Pinocchio at The National Theatre. I said goodbye to my beloved North East and made the move back to London, which is where I lived when I was training at drama school, so it wasn't unfamiliar territory. The role of staff director has involved assisting the director and associate director through-out rehearsals, scheduling and running the understudy rehearsals, organising the cover run performance, keeping the creative team up to date with the general running of the show, working closely with the technical and stage management teams and noting the actors twice a week. It also involves planning for the relaxed performance, running workshops, speaking at events and visiting schools. As Pinocchio is in rep with ​other show​s​ in The Lyttelton, another part of the staff director role is to lead the weekly bring back rehearsal, which is normally a notes session followed by a run through of the show alongside the musical director. There has​ also been ​some additional opportunities at the NT Studio, direct​ing a rehearsed reading and observing sharings of new work, which was really exciting. ​

The role of staff director has been a hugely enjoyable process and I've learnt an incredible amount about making and staging​ large scale work. I've been so supported by the Pinocchio creative team and NT staff through-out the process and have really valued the experience.

I've​ recently​ started a new role as the Baylis Assistant Director on Joe Penhall's new play, Mood Music at the Old Vic, directed by Roger Michell. Previews start at the end of April and there are still some £10 tickets available, do come along​ if you fancy​ it!"

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Show Details & Tickets for Mood Music can be found here.

We are currently taking applications for this year's Assistant Director bursary at Northern Stage, working with director Mark Calvert on his upcoming production of Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune. The deadline is 13 April, full details can be found here.

JMK & Northern Stage Assistant Director Bursary

Assistant Director Opportunity at Northern Stage

The JMK Trust in partnership with Northern Stage is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & Northern Stage 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, based in the North East who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

The role

We are looking for an assistant director for Mark Calvert's upcoming production of Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune.  This production of Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a Northern Stage production, designed by Rhys Jarman, lighting design Zia Holly Bergen with sound design by Nick John Williams. The show will be presented in a reconfigured Stage 1 at Northern Stage.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

Rehearsals from 23rd April 2018

Technical from 15th May 2018

First preview 19th May 2018

Press: 24th May 2018

Closes: 2nd June 2018

As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • To provide general assistance to the Director.
  • As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including attending and noting the production.
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the North East area and will also be or become a participant of the JMK & Northern Stage Directors’ Group. As part of the bursary, the recipient will also be responsible for working with JMK and Northern Stage to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.

 

Bursary

The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Mark Calvert at mcalvert@northernstage.co.uk by 13th April 2018. Interviews will take place on 19th April - applicants must make sure they are available on that date.

Please detail:

Why you are interested in working with Mark Calvert the director on this production of Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune at Northern Stage.

  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the JMK & Northern Stage Directors’ Group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in the North East.

If you have any questions please contact jo@jmktrust.org

Assistant Director Bursary – JMK & Traverse Theatre Directors’ Group

Opportunity to be the Assistant Director on a Traverse Theatre Company Festival 2018 Production

The JMK Trust in partnership with Traverse Theatre is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & 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.

The bursary recipient will also be responsible for working with the JMK and Traverse Theatre to support the Directors' Group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.

Bursary

The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350.

The Role

We are looking for an assistant director to work with Traverse Associate Director, Gareth Nicholls on an upcoming Traverse Theatre Company Festival 2018 production.  The production shall be staged in Traverse 2.  Details of the production are currently under embargo.  Shortlisted candidates shall be made aware of the production and playwright when invited to interview.

  • The assistant director will undertake a six week full time placement including rehearsals and tech week.
  • Prior to rehearsals, the assistant director may be invited to auditions, production meetings and given research tasks by the Director.
  • The assistant director will be required to be available throughout the run to watch and note performances, at dates agreed in advance with the Director.
  • The assistant director should have a good understanding of the Traverse's artistic mission along with our current work and programming.
  • The assistant director will need to demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in or near the Edinburgh / Lothian area.
  • The assistant director will be an existing member of the JMK/Traverse Directors Programme, and if not already a member, must be willing to join the group and play an active role in programme's development.

Rehearsals from: w/c 2nd July 2018

Technical week commencing: w/c 23rd July 2018

First preview: 27th July 2018

Press:  3rd August 2018

Closes: 26th August 2018

Interview Details

Interviews shall be held on Thursday 12th of April 2018.  Those invited to interview, will be interviewed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls and JMK General Manager, Jo Holding.  Ahead of the interview candidates will be given details on the play and expected to come prepared to discuss their thoughts, along with answering questions on their skills and experience as relevant to the role.

How to Apply

Click to download the Traverse. JMK Assistant Director Application Pack 2018, or it can be downloaded from the Traverse website: https://www.traverse.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/

Please send a completed application pack to jobs@traverse.co.uk   by 6pm on Tuesday 27th of March.

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working with Gareth Nicholls on this Traverse Theatre Company Festival 2018 production
  • How this bursary opportunity will contribute to your professional development
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role

If you have any questions relating to the Traverse Theatre please contact sunniva.ramsay@traverse.co.uk

If you have any questions relating to the JMK Trust please contact jo@jmktrust.org

JMK Assistant Director Bursary – Salisbury Playhouse

The JMK Trust in partnership with Salisbury Playhouse (part of Wiltshire Creative) 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 a 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.

The role

We are looking for an assistant director for Ryan McBryde’s upcoming production of Love on the Links by PG Wodehouse, Adapted for the stage by Jon Glover & Edward Taylor. The show will run from 31st May-23rd June 2018 on the main stage at Salisbury Playhouse.

Love on the Links

In the rarefied surroundings of Wood Hills Golf Club in deepest Surrey all is very genteel. The Oldest Member is having a snooze in the corner while the barman is pouring another White Horse and Malvern at the ‘19th Hole’.

It’s soon time, however, for The Oldest Member to stir in his armchair and regale us with stories of seduction, canoodling and thwarted love, with the help of some biffo club members, not to mention the ever graceful Daphne Cartwright and the dashing Jack Ramage.

Ryan McBryde is an award-winning director who has recently directed Jack and The BeanstalkBefore The Party, Aladdin and Cinderella for Salisbury Playhouse. Other recent productions include 1984 at the Alte Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart, which was nominated for the prestigious Theaterpreis Der Faust; The Ruling Class for the English Theatre Frankfurt; Angus, Thongs And Even More Snogging at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Who’s Tommy, European Tour.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

Interviews: 16th March 2018

Rehearsals from: 30th April 2018

Technical from: 29th May 2018

First preview: 31st May 2018

Press: 5th June 2018

Closes: 23rd June 2018

As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • To provide general assistance to the Director.
  • As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including attending and noting the production.
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the South West region and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Salisbury Playhouse Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with JMK and Salisbury Playhouse to support and facilitate the group

Bursary

The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to jo@jmktrust.org by 28th February. Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working with Ryan McBryde on this production of Love on the Links at Salisbury Playhouse
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Salisbury Playhouse JMK Trust Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in the South West

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with Ryan McBryde on 16th March 2018 at Salisbury Playhouse.

If you have any questions please contact jo@jmktrust.org

The Perfect Gift for a Theatre Lover

Looking for a present for someone who loves the arts? Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or another special occasion, our Gift Membership is the perfect solution. It gives access to the most exciting new theatre talent in the industry.

Gift Membership includes an exclusive invitation to our industry event where we announce the winner of the JMK Award 2018, the chance to meet some of our alumni directors through the year and a ticket to the JMK Award winning production at the Young Vic during its run.

Gift Memberships cost £50 (valid for one year) and come with a greetings card, which can be sent to you or direct to the recipient.

This is a unique gift, enabling your recipient to go behind the scenes in the discovery of the next generation of exceptional theatre talent. Plus, every penny of your purchase goes on charitably supporting our emerging directors.

JMK Award Workshop – Northampton

JMK Award Workshop at Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Sat 27th January, 2 - 4pm. 

Led by Caroline Steinbeis - winner of the JMK Award 2009.

This free workshop is an opportunity to find out more about making an application to the annual JMK Young Director Award. 
 
The JMK Award was established in memory of James Menzies-Kitchin, a young theatre director who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28, to encourage others to fulfil their potential as he had promised to do. The Award enables one outstanding applicant each year to create their own production of a of classic text at the Young Vic. For many, winning the JMK Award is the breakthrough moment in their directing career. Increasingly simply taking part in the Trust’s unique, intensive development and selection process has given powerful impetus to the best theatre practitioners of the future. Previous winners include Natalie Abrahami, Polly Findlay, Bijan Sheibani, Roy Alexander Weise and Thea Sharrock.

Applicants must be aged 30 or under on 1st January 2018, have directed no more than two full-length professional productions and must not be in full or part-time education.

To book your free place please email john.manning@royalandderngate.co.uk. Find out more about the Trust and the Award hereAny questions please email jo@jmktrust.org.