The JMK National Programme across our partner venues is curated and run by our four Director Practitioners (DPs) – who are established, locally-based directors.
These DPs curate our Programme for their region, working with their nearest partner venues to tailor our Programme to the needs of local directors. The emerging directors who take part in our Programme benefit from the mentorship, guidance and support of their local DP, who is in place to oversee their creative and professional development. The DPs also lead workshops at each others’ venues, exchanging knowledge and skills to benefit all our participants.
The Director Practitioners (DPs) that lead our groups at our partner venues are:
Maria Crocker: North East and Scotland
Maria is originally from Middlesbrough in the North East of England. Her theatre credits as a Director include: Growth (Northern Stage Studio); Brian Looks Like Alan Rickman (York Theatre Royal Studio); Found (Alnwick Playhouse). Theatre as Associate Director: Meek (Headlong); Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone (Greyscale, International Tour); The Gamblers (Greyscale, Dundee Rep). Theatre as Movement Director: Leaving (Curious Monkey). Theatre as Assistant or Staff Director: Hadestown (National Theatre); Mood Music (The Old Vic); Pinocchio (National Theatre); Animal Farm (Northern Stage); Catch 22 (UK Tour). Theatre as Deviser: No Miracles Here, Five Feet In Front, Bonenkai (The Letter Room).
Piers Black: North West
Piers is Artistic Director of Manchester-based company, Ransack Theatre.He trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course, and was Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre. He is recipient of the John Fernald Award, BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, and JMK Assistant Director Bursary. As Director, theatre includes:Catching Comets (Pleasance), Crops (The Yard, Live Drafts), Love and Money (ALRA), Minus Touch (Royal Exchange); Moth (Hope Mill Theatre); The Dumb Waiter (Site Specific – Lucy Davis Vaults, NSDF and HOME); Solve (Edinburgh Fringe). As Assistant / Associate Director, theatre includes:Light Falls (Royal Exchange) Stories (National Theatre); The Writer (Almeida Theatre); City of Glass (Lyric Hammersmith and HOME); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange and HighTide Festival); Yen (Royal Exchange).
Helena Middleton: South West
If you would like to join any of our groups at these partner venues, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org