JMK Edinburgh – Traverse Theatre

We're thrilled to run a Directors' Group for emerging directors in partnership with the Traverse Theatre, supporting emerging theatre-makers and directors in Scotland. Participants have access to free JMK workshops, residencies and networking events, as well as the opportunity to apply for Assistant Director bursaries.

This group is run by our JMK Director Practitioner, Maria Crocker. Maria also runs our Directors' Group at Northern Stage, Newcastle, encouraging collaboration between directors across the two regions.

Take Part:

If you would like to be added to the JMK Traverse mailing list to receive upcoming opportunities straight to your inbox, please email

Recent Opportunities:

Workshop on the JMK Award 2020
with previous JMK Award winner Joshua Roche

Thursday 12th December
Traverse Theatre

This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about taking part in the annual JMK Young Director Award.

The JMK Award was established in memory of James Menzies-Kitchin, a young theatre director who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28, to encourage others to fulfil their potential as he had promised to do. The Award enables one outstanding applicant each year to create their own production of their choice of classic text at the Orange Tree Theatre. For many, winning the JMK Award is the breakthrough moment in their directing career. Increasingly simply taking part in the Trust's unique, intensive development and selection process has given powerful impetus to the best theatre practitioners of the future. Previous winners include Orla O'Loughlin, Joe-Hill Gibbins, Bijan Sheibani, Roy Alexander Weise and Polly Findlay.

The Award is open to those aged 35 and under on 1st January 2020 who have directed no more than 3 professional productions.

To book your free place please email To find out more about the Award click here.

If you would like to stay for the 7.30pm performance of Strange Tales on the 12th of December, bookers onto to this workshop will be eligible for £15 tickets.  You will receive a ticket code when you confirm your place.

There is a small bursary pot available to support participants who may need assistance with covering travel and/or any access requirements they may havePlease email for more information.


Workshop with JAMES GRIEVE: The writer / director relationship on new plays

Friday 24th January
Traverse Theatre

A workshop for directors and theatre makers, exploring the crucial relationship between the writer and director of a new play from commission to press night via redrafting, casting, design, rehearsals, tech and previews. How to build trust, give great notes and support playwrights as the lead creative artists in premiering bold new plays.

James Grieve was Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough, the UK’s national theatre of new plays, for 10 years during which time the company produced 50 world premieres on tour to more than 300 places. For Paines Plough James directed new plays by writers including Mike Bartlett, James Graham, Kate Tempest, Elinor Cook, Tom Wells, Anna Jordan, Brad Birch, Penelope Skinner and Nick Payne. His freelance work includes the world premiere of David Baddiel’s debut play God's Dice, a new production of Les Miserables for Wermland Opera in Sweden, Brian Friel's  Translations which won Best Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2014 and the new musical The Assassination of Katie Hopkins which won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2018. In 2020 he will direct a new production of Cabaret for Gothenburg Opera.

To reserve your free place, please email if you are not already a member of the JMK Traverse Directors' Group, please also copy in


Workshop with CLAIRE BIRCH, Royal Shakespeare Company

Friday 6th March
Traverse Theatre

This workshop will be led by Claire Birch, Assistant Producer at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It will offer an insight into how the RSC produce, work with directors and recruit assistant directors. Further details to follow.

To reserve your free place, please email -  if you are not already a member of the JMK Traverse Directors' Group, please also copy in