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 katherine@jmktrust.org.

Current Opportunities:

COMMON: Reclaiming Working and Under-Class Identity

Traverse Theatre
Monday 28th October
6pm - 8.30pm 
Cost: FREE 

Are you a working or under-class creative who works in theatre? Do you feel like an imposter within the arts? How often have you convinced yourself you aren't right for a job or opportunity because of your class? Are you exhausted by being labelled a creative from a socio-economically "disadvantaged" background?

Responding to almost two years of research and the lived experiences of over 800 working and under-class creatives, COMMON have developed a workshop which aims to eradicate the imposter syndrome, the learned behaviour of inadequacy, and the internalised oppression so often imposed on creatives from these backgrounds. We believe working and under-class identity is something to celebrate. We believe that our voices should be heard, our lived experiences given equal platform, and our work, creativity and skills both celebrated and meaningfully supported.

This workshop is for all the Eliza Doolittle's out there; for those from a working and under-class background who feel their identities have been distorted to fit the overwhelming "middle-classness" of the creative sector. It's time to change the narrative.

Join COMMON's Founder, David Loumgair, for this supportive and personalised workshop exploring ways of reclaiming your working or under-class identity. Through a combination of open discussion, written exercises and responding to provocations, together we'll seek to change personal narratives from "disadvantage" to one of strength, pride and confidence, and identify what your lived experiences enable you to offer arts organisations that they can't find elsewhere.

This workshop is part of a pilot, and during these sessions we are exploring what the most meaningful facilitation and structure of the workshops are. We will therefore be asking for the feedback of those who take part during and following the session.

To book your free place, please email sunniva.ramsay@traverse.co.uk