What is the JMK Award?
The JMK Award offers one young director the opportunity to direct a full-scale professional play. Since 2019, the JMK Award has been in partnership with the Orange Tree Theatre, with the production values and nurturing guidance the building is famous for.
The JMK Award constitutes an Award of £25,000 plus space at the Orange Tree Theatre. The winning director will receive a fee for their work as director on the production. Runner up prizes may also be awarded.
The most recent winner of the JMK Award was Indiana Lown-Collins, with designer Ica Niemz, for their production of Jack Thorne’s The Solid Life of Sugar Water. A Development Award of £2,000 was given to finalists Emerald Crankson and Zoe Hurwitz in recognition of their effective collaboration on Swallow by Stef Smith.
You can read the announcement here.
The JMK Award 2022 was supported by The Martin Bowley Charitable Trust, The Katie Bradford Arts Trust, The Leche Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust and all our individual donors.
How do I apply for the award?
Applications have now closed for the 2023 Award. Details for next year will follow later this year. Make sure to sign up to our mailing list to get the latest news.
In order to apply for the award, you must adhere to that year’s eligibility criteria. You will be then receive a list of plays, which will be sent out via the mailing list here. If you’re already signed up, check your preferences and make sure you’ve ticked to receive news about the Award. Check junk mail folders just in case! If you haven’t received a copy of the list please contact email@example.com. The play list is released with a good amount of time before the application deadline closes, and copies to read are available on request.
You will then fill out our JMK Award application form, which asks how you would rehearse and stage the play.
What happens to my application?
Applications and CV’s have names removed before they are read by a team, so please don’t send PDF files.
We use the equal opportunities data to help monitor applications, and gauge the impact and reach of our work and this will not be linked to your application when sent to the panel.
Further details of how your application is considered are available on request.
Where do I get advice?
Look at this website. There’s a host of information to help! Alternatively, approaching applications opening, we will host workshops as part of the National Programme that provide some top tips on application writing and clarity on the JMK Award process. Keep an eye out for those.
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Ideas for your production should ideally begin with an appreciation of the play, its original context, world and ideas. Put across what you have to say about the play, rather than imagining what we would wish to hear. Whether they are imaginative or purely practical, communicate your thoughts, drives and ideas as clearly and directly as possible.
What happens if I get through?
You will be sent full details of the next stage if you are successful in your first round application. You’ll be asked to put together ideas for a creative team for the production, and work with a designer on some initial visual ideas.
If you are successful in the first round, you will work with a designer to submit a short visual pitch for your production as an extension of your first rounds application. Then, we will shortlist to 8 or 9 candidates (and their designers) to be interviewed by our selection panel in the final stages, with opportunity to work in the rehearsal room with actors on your chosen text.
The final selection aims to announce by the end of March 2023.