JMK South West – Nuffield Southampton Theatres & Salisbury Playhouse

We run a Directors' Group for emerging directors in the South West, hosted with Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Wiltshire Creative. Participants have access to free JMK workshops, residencies and networking events at both venues, as well as the opportunity to apply for Assistant Director bursaries.

This group is run by our JMK Director Practitioner, Nik Partridge, who also runs our new group at Reading Rep - encouraging creative collaboration across the regions.

Current Opportunities:

Making your own theatre - Producing Workshop with Lizzie Stables
Saturday 27th April
Rehearsal Room, Salisbury Playhouse

As artists, we often hear that the best thing we can do is to make our own work. The question is how, and where do you start? In this two-hour workshop, we will explore ways to approach getting projects off the ground - looking at the process of creating a show from the seed of an idea through to production.

Lizzie Stables is an actress, theatre producer and Artistic Director of Folio Theatre Company, which she formed in 2015 in order to create and produce new plays for touring. Folio's debut show, Unearthed, received critical acclaim and was subsequently listed in The Guardian as one of their readers' favourite stage shows of 2015. Folio's next production, The Edit, will tour in Spring 2019 in association with Wiltshire Creative, premiering at Salisbury Playhouse's Salberg Theatre. @lizzie_js / @foliotheatre /

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Workshop with Rosanna Vize, Designer
Saturday 25th May
Nuffield Theatres (City)

This workshop with Rosanna Vize will take a look at the Director-Designer relationship and the process of creating and developing design for the stage. Rosanna is currently working on The Audience which will open at Nuffield Theatres in May.

Rosanna trained as a designer at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. On graduating she became one of the finalists for the prestigious Linbury prize for stage design in 2013. In 2014 Rosanna became one of the Jerwood Young Designers and was resident assistant designer at the RSC from 2014-2015. Credits as Designer include: Cougar (Orange Tree Theatre), Hang (Sheffield Crucible), The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre), The Audience (Nuffield Theatres), The Almighty Sometimes (Manchester Royal Exchange), Leave Taking (Bush Theatre), FUP (Kneehigh), Incantata (Galway Festival & Barbican). She won the 2018 Off West End Award for Best Set Design for her work on Low Level Panic (Orange Tree Theatre).

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More Information:

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To find out more about the programme, have a read of this blog by Gemma Aked-Priestley, describing her recent JMK Assistant Director bursary at Nuffield Southampton Theatres working on their premiere of The Shadow Factory.

Alice Wordsworth also wrote a blog about being a JMK Assistant Director, working with Ryan McBryde on Love on the Links at Salisbury Playhouse. Marcus Bazley describes working on a large-scale Christmas pantomime, in his blog as the JMK Assistant Director on Salisbury Playhouse's Beauty and the Beast.