JMK and Sherman Theatre – Directors Programme Opportunity

Sherman Theatre and the JMK Trust are inviting submissions for the next stage of their Directors Programme supported by The Carne Trust, which will run from January 2018 until the end of the year.

We are looking for six emerging directors who will take part in a series of workshops and training sessions led by Adele Thomas and supported by industry professionals and Associate Director David Mercatali, working on developing important skills including leadership and process. All directors will be paired with a writer from our New Welsh Playwrights Programme to develop a play which will be showcased to industry, and given the opportunity to start a new creative partnership. Participants in the JMK Directors Programme will be invited to apply for bursaries for Assistant Director positions as well as other directing opportunities throughout the year.

The Programme will start in January with a series of evening sessions, with workshops taking place throughout the year, and culminating with the development and showcase in Autumn 2018. To be considered please send a copy of your CV and a covering email explaining why this would be an important opportunity for you. We are inviting directors aged 18 and above to apply; the only requirement is that you are either from or live in Wales.

Please send your submission to directors.group@shermantheatre.co.uk along with your name and contact details by Friday 8 December

Subject your email JMK Directors Programme, submissions without this subject will not be accepted. Submissions are welcome in Welsh or English.

The JMK Directors Programme is generously supported by The Carne Trust.

 

Assistant Director Opportunity – Bristol JMK Group

We are looking for an Assistant Director for the 2018 Tobacco Factory Theatres production of Macbeth, directed by Adele Thomas.

For this role, the JMK Trust in partnership with Tobacco Factory Theatres is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK Directors’ Group in Bristol. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director based in Bristol, who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

Please find full information in the application pack downloadable from this page including how to apply.

We hope that this pack will help with any questions you might have about the job and the application process.

However, if you have any further queries please contact us on recruitment@tobaccofactorytheatres.com or contact the Bristol JMK Trust Directors’ group on jo@jmktrust.org 

Applications by: 10am Monday 27 November 2017. We regret that applications received after this time cannot be considered.

Interviews: Week commencing Mon 01 January 2018

Expected Start Date: Mon 22 January 2018

Assistant Director – Southampton JMK Group

We are looking for an assistant director for Samuel Hodges' upcoming production of The Shadow Factory written by Howard Brenton. This is a world premiere to open Southampton’s brand new theatre NST City.

The JMK Trust in partnership with Nuffield Southampton Theatres is offering an Assistant Director Bursary. 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 Hampshire/Wiltshire/West Sussex/ Dorset /Isle of Wight area who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making.

Bursary

The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350. Expenses and travel costs will be covered by NST.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Hannah Bevan hannah.bevan@nstheatres.co.uk by 12pm Friday 17thNovember. Interviews will be held at NST with Sam Hodges, Jo Holding (JMK) and Hannah Bevan.

Please see the Nuffield Southampton Theatres website for a Job Description and more details on how to apply.

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

JMK Award 2018 – Workshops

JMK Award Workshops in association with the Young Vic. 

These workshops are an opportunity to find out more about the JMK Trust and making an application to the annual JMK Young Director Award.

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Wednesday 10th January 2018

at The Clare Theatre, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
 
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 fulfill 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.
 
To book your free place and to find out more about the JMK Award click here. Any questions please email jo@jmktrust.org.

Stage Directors UK Workshop

In a workshop open to members of a JMK Regional Directors Group, Tom Hescott will discuss the work of the recently created group Stage Directors UK which aims to support directors and lobby for their rights at all stages of their careers. He’s keen to hear the group’s questions about what you need as emerging directors in terms of support from SDUK. Tom is a founding member of SDUK and has sat on the board since the organisation was formed. He is currently writing the director training and career development report commissioned by RADA, the National Theatre and Old Vic which will be published later this year.

Confirmed dates: 
Monday 6th November, Birmingham Rep, 6.30 - 9pm
Tuesday 7th November, HOME Manchester, 6 - 9pm
Thursday 9th November, Royal & Derngate Northampton, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Tom will also be visiting Nuffield Southampton, Bristol Old Vic, Sherman Cymru, Traverse Edinburgh and West Yorkshire Playhouse later in November/December.

If you would like to attend, please email jo@jmktrust.org and state your regional group. Not a member of our Regional Programme? Find your nearest partner venue here.

Join our Thunderclap

On Friday 13th October at 12 noon, we will be using a platform called Thunderclap to cover social media with a trailer about our work.

Thunderclap is a tool that allows people to pledge a single Tweet or Facebook post to support a cause, and this will be posted along with all the other supporters’ messages at the same time. Think of it as a massive flash mob on social media - this time to support theatre directors.

It takes 5 seconds to sign-up.

With just one post, you can help us reach thousands across the country and help grow the opportunities that the JMK Trust can offer young and emerging directors. Further information can be found here.

JMK and Birmingham Rep Assistant Director Bursary

The JMK Trust in partnership with Birmingham is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a director based in the West Midlands. Details below and on the Birmingham Rep vacancies page.

We are looking for an Assistant Director for Tessa Walker’s upcoming production of 101 Dalmatians.

The Assistant Director will need to be available for:

Rehearsals from 23rd October

Technical from 24th November

First preview 30th November

Press: 5th December

Closes: 13th January

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 West 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 consists of £2,350.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter via this link by 6pm on Monday 2nd October.

Please detail:

Why you are interested in working with Tessa Walker the director on this production of 101 Dalmatians at The REP.

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 West Midlands.

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

The Half of It – directed by 2011 winner Cathal Cleary

Cathal Cleary, winner of the JMK Award 2011, and his theatre company MOMMO present the premiere of The Half of It at the Dublin Fringe this September.

In a Dublin flat, a Cork woman is climbing the walls. She hasn’t stepped outside for six years. She lives alone, eating dry digestives and hiding from the postman. Her door hasn’t opened in years but today you can sit on her couch and hear her story. Does she still exist? Can you find her? If you do, don’t tell anyone. This new drama by Karen Cogan marks the debut production from Cathal Cleary and Saileóg O’Halloran’s theatre company, MOMMO.

Tickets and further information about the Dublin Fringe available here.

Cathal won the JMK Award in 2011 with Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs. Click to find out more about his award-winning production.

Tickets On Sale – My Name Is Rachel Corrie

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 JMK Award winner Josh Roche's production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie, which will be staged at the Young Vic, 29th September - 21st October.

About the Production:

March 2003. The Gaza Strip. 23 year old Rachel Corrie stands between a Palestinian house and an armoured bulldozer.

Meet the heroine behind the headlines. This play captures the idealism, the blazing eloquence, the sardonic wit in Rachel’s vivid diary entries. A stirring, troubling account of an extraordinary young woman’s overwhelming commitment to her cause.

"Powerful, thought-provoking, deeply moving" The Daily Telegraph

www.rachcorriefoundation.org

Cast and Creatives:

Direction Josh Roche, winner of the JMK Award 2017 | Design Sophie Thomas | Light Joe Price | Sound Kieran Lucas

With Erin Doherty 

Tickets: www.youngvic.org/index.php/whats-on/my-name-is-rachel-corrie

Assistant Director Bursary at the Sherman Theatre

The JMK Trust in partnership with the Sherman Theatre is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & Sherman Directors’ Group. This arts scholarship, funded by The Carne Trust, will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the Cardiff area who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making.

THE ROLE

We are looking for an Assistant Director for Rachel O’Riordan’s upcoming autumn production of The Cherry Orchard, a reimagining by Gary Owen.

As Assistant Director, your duties will be:

• To provide general assistance to the Director;
• As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production;
• As agreed with the Director, to attend preparation meetings prior to rehearsals;
• To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings;
• To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purpose of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms agreed;
• To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required;
• To input into supporting engagement activities by mutual agreement with the Director and Communities and engagement department;
• To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Director;
• To support the company whilst the play in 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 Wales and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Sherman Directors’ Group. As part of the bursary, the recipient will also be responsible for working with the JMK Artistic Coordinator and Sherman Theatre to support and facilitate the Director’s group.

DATES

The Assistant Director will need to be available for:

11 September – 17 October, 2017 inclusive.
Final Performance: 28 October, 2017.

BURSARY

The Carne Bursary is an all-inclusive fee of £2,350.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and short covering letter (no more than one side of A4) to recruitment@shermantheatre.co.uk by midday on 21 July, 2017. Interviews will take place on 3 August, 2017.

Please detail:

• Why you are interested in working with Rachel O’Riordan
• Why you are interested in working at the Sherman Theatre
• Why you are interested in working on a reimagining of a classic text
• How this bursary opportunity and involvement in the JMK Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
• Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role

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