JMK Manchester – HOME

We're thrilled to run a Directors' Group for emerging directors and theatre-makers who are based in/near Manchester. Our group is run in partnership with HOME. 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, Liz Stevenson. Liz also runs our Directors' Group at Leeds Playhouse, developing a community of directors/theatre-makers across the regions.

How to Take Part:

To sign up to the JMK HOME Directors' Group please email

Previous Opportunities:

JMK HOME Manchester Assistant Director Bursary
Deadline: Monday 22 April 2019

The JMK Trust in partnership with HOME is offering an Assistant Director Bursary on Javaad Alipoor’s next production. This production is the third in a trilogy of shows by Javaad Alipoor and his collaborators, which began with the critically acclaimed The Believers Are But Brothers.

The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the North West and will also be or become a participant of the JMK HOME Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK Director Practitioner and HOME to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.

The Assistant Director will need to be available for rehearsals from 17th June – 29th July 2019

Bursary: £2,350 inclusive of all expenses. Additional expenses for rehearsals outside of Manchester will be covered.

Application Procedure:

Click here for a full job pack containing more information. Please send a CV and covering letter to

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working on this production.
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the JMK Trust Directors’ Group will contribute to your professional development.
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role.
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in the North West.

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 April 2019

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30 April 2019

HOME will acknowledge receipt of applications. If you have not heard from us by Friday 26th April 2019 please assume that we will not be taking your application any further. JMK and HOME strive to be equality of opportunity employers. Thank you for your interest in this post. If you have any questions please contact


Producing Theatre Workshop
11 March, 5pm, at HOME Manchester

Learn from a panel of producers about what’s involved in producing theatre. From their experience of independent and building-based producing, learn about the various duties and responsibilities of producers, their relationship with directors, and pick up some advice on how to self-produce your own work.

Nick Stevenson – Nick is the Associate Producer at Theatr Clwyd in North Wales, and the Exec producer and co-founder of Junction 8 Theatre, a company based in Chorley in Lancashire which is currently making its second ACE funded show.

Amy Fisher – Amy is the Producer at Stephen Joseph Theatre. She has previous experience as a freelance producer, and was the producer for Manchester-based new writing company, Box of Tricks.

Sarah Sharp – Sarah is the Talent Development Producer at HOME Manchester. Previously Sarah worked as Producer and Programmer at Theatre Deli Sheffield and co-conceived Migration Matters Festival in 2015.

To book your free place, please click here.

More Information:

Have a read of this blog by Heather Carroll, describing her experiences as the JMK Assistant Director on Future Bodies - a HOME Manchester and Unlimited co-production in collaboration with RashDash.