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, Piers Black. Piers also runs our Directors' Group at Leeds Playhouse and our new group at the New Vic Stoke.

Take Part

To join the JMK HOME Directors' Group, please email

Recent Opportunities

JMK HOME Directors' Group - The Relaunch

Wednesday 16th October, 6pm

JMK and HOME are working together to support a community for Manchester-based directors! This will offer a place for theatre-makers to come and learn new skills, develop their practice, see shows, and meet other creatives. Over the next year we will be inviting industry professionals to deliver a variety of one-off workshops, along with a weekend residency, all aimed at helping you to improve your craft and try out new ideas.

For the group’s relaunch, you’re invited to join new JMK Director Practitioner, Piers Black. The first session will be about getting to know each other, finding creative ways to get projects off the ground, and responding to Manchester and its theatrical landscape. There will also be a chance to learn about the opportunities coming up over the next year.

Whatever your experience, we’d love you to come along and help us to start the conversation about the next step for directors with HOME and the JMK.

A note from Piers: ‘Living in Manchester for the last ten years, I’m really excited to think about the potential a group like this has to be a hub for directors and theatre-makers in the city. Directing doesn’t have to be a lonely career, it’s much more fun when we come together and share our ideas! This first session is about finding out what you want from that community.'

Book your free place 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.