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

Free residency at Northern Stage

Deadline extended - apply by 5pm 17th July

JMK & Northern Stage present:

Ways Into Text: A practical guide.

Thurs 27th & Fri 28th July 2017 10am – 5pm

How do you approach text as a director? Do you emphasize the psychological realism or bring out the poetry and musicality of the language? Should you be serving the author’s intention or ripping up all the rules in the dramaturgical handbook? Does the director help the actor to mine the text or should they let the performers’ emotions run wild?

Freelance director Adele Thomas (The Globe, Royal Court and ETT), and JMK Regional Co-Ordinator Justin Audibert (RSC, National Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth) lead a two-day intensive residency with a group of 12 directors exploring different ways of approaching text. This will be a practical workshop suitable for early and mid career directors based in Newcastle and the North East.

If you are interested would you please submit your CV and a brief paragraph expressing your interest to jo@jmktrust.org by 5pm Monday 17th July. You will be informed if you have been accepted by Tuesday 18th July.

Assistant Director Opportunity at Northern Stage

The JMK Trust in partnership with Northern Stage is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a young director based in the North East of England. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Lever-hulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the North East of England 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 Alice in Wonder-land. This production of Alice in Wonderland is Theresa Heskin’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s fa-mous children’s book. It is Northern Stage’s Christmas offering and will be performed in the epic space at Northern Stage. The Creative Team is: Director: Mark Calvert. Designer: Rhys Jarman: Musi-cal Director: Jeremy Bradfield: Lighting Designer: Colin Grenfell: Movement Director: Martin Hylton: Sound Designer: Nick John Williams

The assistant director will need to be available for:
Casting Workshop day in July 2017 – Date to be arranged
Rehearsals from 23rd October 2017
Technical from 20th November 2017
First preview 25th November 2017
Press: 30th November 2017
Closes: either 30th December or 6th January – dependent on demand

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 Direc-tor 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’s Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK Artistic Coordinator, and Nor-thern 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 mcalvert@northernstage.co.uk by 7th July 2017

Interviews will be held in week commencing 24th July date tbc.

Please detail:
• Why you are interested in working with Mark Calvert the director on this produc-tion of Alice in Wonderland at Northern Stage.
• Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role
• How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Northern Stage/ JMK Trust Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
• Your commitment to living and making theatre in the North East of England.

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

Assistant Director Opportunity – Bristol Old Vic

Assistant Directing Opportunity – The Caretaker

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. 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.

The role
We are looking for an assistant director for Chris Haydon’s upcoming production of The Caretaker. We are particularly interested in BAME candidates. The role will enable the applicant to experience the complete arc of a professional rehearsal process, from the first read-through to opening night. This production of The Caretaker is a Bristol Old Vic production.

The assistant director will need to be available for:
• Rehearsals from 7 August 2017
• Technical rehearsals from 4 September 2017
• First preview 9 September 2017
• Press: 14 September 2017
• Closes: 30 September 2017

The Caretaker – Note from Chris Haydon
I am fascinated by the Caretaker as a play about the need to find a home in a hostile world. Davies' displacement, and the mystery surrounding where he is from make the play feel really relevant for a world in which migration and refugees sit at the heart of so much contemporary debate.

As Assistant Director you would:
• Be a good brain and will be a fun presence in the rehearsal room.
• Have good instincts when it comes to the overlap between politics and art and will have the potential to be a visionary director in their own right.
• 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 Bristol area and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Bristol Old Vic Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK Artistic Coordinator, and Bristol Old Vic to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.

Bursary
The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350 inclusive of all expenses.

How to apply
Please send a CV and covering letter no longer than one page of A4 to lhunt@bristololdvic.org.uk by 5pm on 23 June

Please detail:
• Why you are interested in working with Chris Haydon the director on this production of The Caretaker at Bristol Old Vic.
• Your relevant experience, what you can bring to the role and what you hope to get out of the role.
• How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Bristol old Vic / JMK Trust Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
• Your commitment to living and making theatre in Bristol.

Interviews will be held on 10 July

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

Assistant Director Opportunity at Tobacco Factory Theatres

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.

More details and application pack can be found here – https://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/assistant-director/

Applications by: Midnight, Sun 02 July 2017. We regret that applications received after this time cannot be considered.

Interviews: Week commencing Mon 24 July 2017

Expected Start Date: Mon 18 September 2017

Application method: CV and covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4 each) detailing:

– Why you are interested in working with Mark Rosenblatt on this production of Waiting for Godot at Tobacco Factory Theatres (and its subsequent tour to The Dukes Lancaster and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).
– Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role
– How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Bristol JMK Trust Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
– Your commitment to living and making theatre in the South West.

Please send your application and equalities monitoring form to recruitment@tobaccofactorytheatres.com
In the subject bar please write ‘Assistant Director’.

JMK Young Director Award 2017

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the JMK Award 2017 is Joshua Roche with his proposal for his production of My Name is Rachel Corrie by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman. Joshua is working with designer Sophie Thomas, producer Paul Casey with lighting by Joe Price and his production will be at the Young Vic in the autumn.


On winning the Award, Josh said: “I’m stunned and delighted to win the JMK award. It’s hard to express quite what it means to me. The chance to direct at the Young Vic is extraordinary in any context, but to be working on this play makes the opportunity even more remarkable. My Name is Rachel Corrie is about the irrepressible political voice of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who was killed in Gaza in 2003. Directing this play as Trump overturns decades of work towards a settlement in Palestine is galling, but proves this is a story worth telling. Rachel Corrie and I were born only ten years apart. Her legacy is our inheritance. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to tell her story on the Young Vic stage, and hugely indebted to the JMK Trust”.

The runner-up this year is Nathan Crossan-Smith with his proposal for random by Debbie Tucker Green. His team are designer Nina Patel Grainger and producer Tobi Kyeremateng.

The other finalists and their teams this year are:

Anthony Simpson-Pike with designer Emma Bailey and producer Debo Adebayo
Chelsea Walker with designer Rosanna Vize and producer Annabel Williamson
Finn den Hertog with designer Camilla Clarke and producer Laura Mallows
Polina Kalinina with designer Emma Bailey and producer Morag Massey
Rafaella Marcus with designer Ruta Irbite and producer Frankie Parham
Sadie Spencer with designer Alex Berry and producer Celia Dugua.

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

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.