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.

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 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