JMK Newcastle – Northern Stage

In partnership with Northern Stage, we run a JMK Directors' Group for emerging directors and theatre-makers in the North of England. 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 programme at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, encouraging creative collaboration across the border.

Take Part:

To be added to our mailing list for Newcastle opportunities, please email katherine@jmktrust.org

Current Opportunities:

JAMES GRIEVE: The writer / director relationship on new plays

Wednesday 4th December
1pm - 4pm
Cost: Free 

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.

Please email maria@jmktrust.org to book your place or for any more information.

More Information:

You can also have a read of this blog by our Director Practitioner Maria Crocker, describing her experience a few years ago as the JMK Assistant Director bursary recipient for Catch 22 at Northern Stage.

In this blog, JMK Assistant Director bursary recipient, Holly Gallagher, describes assisting Mark Calvert at Northern Stage on Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune.