JMK Director Practitioners

The JMK National Programme across our partner venues is curated and run by our five 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.

Our five Director Practitioners (DPs) lead our groups at our partner venues as follows:

Adele Thomas: Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic and Sherman Cymru

An award winning theatre and opera director, Adele is currently making Eyam for Shakespeare’s Globe and Berenice for the Royal Opera House. Previous credits include: Cosi Fan Tutte (Northern Ireland Opera); A Warring Absence (National Theatre); Unusual Unions (Royal Court); Macbeth: The Complete WalkThomas TallisThe Oresteia, The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Globe).

Maria Crocker: Northern Stage and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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 FrontBonenkai (The Letter Room).

Liz Stevenson: HOME Manchester and Leeds Playhouse

Liz is the Artistic Director of Junction 8 Theatre and the Associate Director at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. She won the JMK Young Director Award in 2015 and her production of Barbarians at The Young Vic was nominated for an Oliver Award. Other credits include: How My Light Is Spent (Royal Exchange Theatre, Sherman Theatre, TBTL) The Secret Garden (TBTL and York Theatre Royal) and Handbagged (TBTL). She is currently the Associate Director on the National Theatre production of Macbeth touring the UK and Ireland later this year.

Martin Berry: Royal & Derngate, Birmingham Rep and Nottingham Playhouse

Martin sits in the board of Stage Directors UK, trained on the Clore programme and is an international consultant for Trinity College. Previous directing credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Smile (UK tour with Tiger Press Publishing), The Last Five Years (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Neverland, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, Lysistrata, Oh What a Lovely War, Little Shop of Horrors, Doctor Faustus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wiz (Nottingham Lakeside).

Listen to Martin Berry discussing the JMK Award & National Programme on BBC Radio Lancashire (from 1:26:09).

Nik Partridge: Reading Rep, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Salisbury Playhouse

Nik is a South-West based director whose work focuses on contemporary writing, adaptation and engagement. He was Director-in-Residence at Tobacco Factory Theatres from 2014-2015 and is currently Staff Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth, where he is responsible for artist development and support. As a freelance director Nik has made work for: Bristol Old Vic, Royal Court, Traverse, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Mayfest, the egg, Bath Theatre Royal, Strike-A-Light, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Oran Mor, Galway International Arts Festival, Travelling Light, New Diorama, Bikeshed Theatre. He trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course and at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2014.

If you would like to join any of our groups at these partner venues, simply email