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 sign up via our mailing list.

Recent Opportunities

JMK Award Workshop at Manchester Royal Exchange

Saturday 11th January
10.30am - 12 noon
Manchester Royal Exchange

FREE to attend

Led by Roy Alexander Weise - Joint Artistic Director & JMK Award Winner 2016

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.

Further information about the JMK Award 2020 can be found here

To book your free place please email

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.

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.