For applicants

Apply for the JMK Young Director Award

Please note that the 2018 JMK Award is not yet open for applications and the play list has not yet been released.

The first part of the JMK Award process is the release of the play list - 10 or so of published plays we have selected for this year.

Applicants will then read plays from this list and choose the one they would most like to stage. They then fill out our JMK Award application form, which asks how they would rehearse and stage their selected play.

We use a play list in order to give all the directors who apply an even starting point. The directors have freedom to pick the play that best suits their individual style and ideas from within that list. The list is released with a good amount of time before the application deadline closes, to ensure all applicant directors have plenty of time to choose a play.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the list for the JMK Award 2018 will now be released later than planned and the deadline for applications adjusted accordingly. To request a copy of the list when it is ready please email

Find out More: former JMK Award winner and outgoing Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre Orla O'Loughlin discusses the massive career impact of the JMK Award here (listen from 1:30:13)

About the JMK Young Director Award

• Must be not more than 30 years of age on 1st January 2018
• Must not have directed more than two professional productions. We define a professional production as being a full-length piece performed by professional actors (whether paid or unpaid) to a paying audience for a full production run (3 weeks or more)
• Must have some professional training in the performing arts
• Must not be in full or part-time education between now and July 2018 or currently undertaking a degree
• Must be resident in the UK.

Stage One Submission:
Complete the application form at the bottom on the page and then please upload a Word Document with the following:
• Your name
• The name of the text you would like to direct (you only need to write in detail about this first choice of text), with the name of an alternative option should rights prove ultimately unavailable (both from the 2018 list)
• No more than 100 to 500 words on your choice of text
• No more than 100 to 500 words on your proposed production
• No more than 100 to 500 words on your proposed work process to rehearse the production
• A copy of your CV in Microsoft word format (doc.).

Please note that applications and CVs have names removed before they are read by the panel so please do not send PDF files. Also please indicate which productions on your CV are professional ones (as defined above).

Notes and Guidance

The JMK Award constitutes a production budget of £25,000 plus space for your production at the Young Vic. Runner up prizes of up to £2,000 may also be awarded.

Ideas for your production should ideally be rooted in an appreciation of the text, its original context and its world, themes and concerns. Applicants should avoid trying to write what they imagine we would wish to read. Whether they are fantastically visionary or purely practical, try and communicate your thoughts, drives and ideas as clearly and vividly as possible.

Your production will take place in the Clare Theatre at the Young Vic which has a maximum of 60 seats. For plans of the theatre click here.

Equity Minimum
You will need to pay your cast and stage management at Equity ITC minimum rates and take this into account when considering the size of company necessary for your play choice - click here for information on ITC website.

In the likely event that you will need more than £25,000 for your production, we recommend you start to investigate fundraising avenues now and refer to them in your application. We look for proposals that are ambitious whilst being realistic and achievable. If your ideas require dramaturgy, please specify.

The Trust regrets it cannot enter into discussion regarding individual applications.

The Trust is committed to equal opportunities in its selection process.
If you have any access requirements please let us know.

After the first round
If you are long listed for the second stage of application you will be contacted by 14th February and given six weeks to put together the next stage of the application. You will be sent full details of the second round if you are successful in your first round application.
Any questions or to request a copy of the list please email