JMK Northampton – Royal & Derngate

We're delighted to run a Directors' Group for emerging directors in partnership with Royal & Derngate. 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 open to directors and theatre-makers based in the East Midlands, and offers an insight into the workings of a busy regional venue and the directing process.

This group is run by our JMK Director Practitioner, Martin Berry. Martin also runs our Directors' Group at Birmingham Rep, encouraging collaboration and creating a wider creative community across the Midlands.

Curious about our programme?

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Free Masterclasses:

Sign up for the following FREE Masterclasses and receive a complimentary ticket for the performance that evening at Royal & Derngate, in partnership with the JMK Trust and Royal & Derngate’s Generate Programme.

To book, call the Royal & Derngate Box Office via 01604 624811.

These workshops are open to all ages over 18, and designed for those already working or with a genuine interest in pursuing a career as a professional director or theatre maker:

4th December 

Performance: The Worst Witch

Ticket offer for the Royal & Derngate’s Christmas show The Worst Witch on 4th Decemberin advance of our Directing Musical Theatre workshop on 10th December.

10th December 

Workshop: Directing Musical Theatre: 6pm - 8.30pm

A unique opportunity to explore directing a scene and song from a new musical - with experienced industry professionals Andy Barnes from Perfect Pitch, musical director Paul Herbert and director Martin Berry.  There will also be a professional singer working with the team and participants.


31st January

Our Lady of Kibeho Matinee performance & exclusive workshop/ Q&A: 2.30pm

Join Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre post performance to discuss directing his new play, Our Lady of Kibeho and the techniques he employs in the rehearsal process.


8th March 

Workshop: Directing Children’s Theatre: 11am - 1pm

Join us for this practical workshop on directing immersive children’s theatre.

Performance: The Reluctant Dragon: 2.30pm

Join Munchkins & Monsters for their work in progress sharing of this well-known children’s novel.


To Book:

Call the Royal & Derngate Box Office via 01604 624811

Please note that workshop times are subject to confirmation.

To receive the complimentary ticket offer you must attend the accompanying workshop.

For more information on this programme of workshops, please email


If you have any questions about the JMK Directors' Group in Northampton, please email