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, Liz Stevenson. Liz also runs our Directors' Group at HOME Manchester, developing a community of directors across the North East/West.

How to Take Part:

To join our Directors' Group with Leeds Playhouse, please email You can also sign up to our Leeds mailing list to receive the latest opportunities.

Current Opportunities:

Director & Designer Intensive:

With Leeds Playhouse, we’re hosting a two day intensive for 10 early career Directors and 10 early career Set & Costume Designers on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March, to explore the relationship between these two roles and the process of creating the design and concept for a piece of theatre.

It’s also an opportunity for artists to meet potential collaborators and peers from across the region. The two days will be led by Hamlet Director Amy Leach and Designer Hayley Grindle, with contributions from Sound Designer & Composer Alexandra Braithwaite. The intensive is FREE to attend and includes a free ticket to watch Hamlet.


Day One:
Friday 29 March, 10am – 5.30pm in Blue Room, Second Floor, 7 Eastgate

Hamlet Performance – Friday 29 March, 7 – 9.40pm at Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up Theatre

Day Two:
Saturday 30 March, 10am – 5.30pm in Rehearsal Room 3, St Peter’s Square.

The intensive and theatre tickets are completely FREE, supported by the JMK Trust and Leeds Playhouse.

How to Apply:

To apply for a place, please send your CV and a covering email including a paragraph explaining why you feel this workshop would be of particular benefit to you at this stage of your career development to Amy Leach - by 6pm on Friday 22 March.

Please mark your email ‘Director/Designer Intensive’ in the subject line.

Leeds Playhouse will let you know if you have a place on the intensive on Monday 25 March.