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?

Get in touch with for details on how to sign up, and join our mailing list to receive Northampton opportunities. You can also scroll down for the dates of our upcoming programme...

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.

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.

20th October

Workshop: Directors & Play - 5.30pm-7pm

Join one of the country’s best Clowns, Frank Wurzinger, as he gives an insight into how play can assist and inform your work as a director and a theatre maker.

Performance: Oh! Suburbia - 8pm

This solo show by Bob Karper explores suburbia’s serious silliness. With film, songs and photographs you can watch how a master of ‘play’ has created theatre.


December (TBC 4th December 1-3pm)

Look out for details for a Directing Musical Theatre masterclass with Perfect Pitch Musicals and an accompanying ticket offer for Royal & Derngate’s Christmas show The Worst Witch.


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 - 6pm-8pm

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 to receive the complimentary ticket offer you must attend the accompanying workshop on the same day.

For more information on this programme of workshops, please email


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