JMK Yorkshire – Leeds Playhouse

We're thrilled to run a Directors' Group for emerging directors and theatre-makers in partnership with Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse). 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 HOME Manchester and our new group at New Vic Stoke.

Take Part:

To join the JMK Leeds Playhouse directors' group, please email

Recent Opportunities:

Making Verbatim Theatre

Thursday 25th April, 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre which is based on the spoken words of real people. This Spring, Junction 8 Theatre’s production of their new verbatim play Lancastrians will tour community spaces around Lancashire. The play was made using the real words of 500 people interviewed about living in Lancashire today. Three actors take the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the county, playing a multitude of characters in a variety of locations, creating a snapshot of Lancashire life.

In this FREE practical workshop with Leeds Playhouse, JMK Director Practitioner Liz Stevenson will share the process of making Lancastrians. You will find out about different approaches to making verbatim work, try out some verbatim techniques for yourself and explore how this approach to making theatre might influence your own practice. Liz Stevenson is an experienced freelance director and former winner of the JMK Award (2015), Artistic Director of Junction 8, and is soon to become Artistic Director of Theatre by the Lake.