Regional Programme

We are working with venues around the UK offering groups for young and emerging theatre directors which provide access to exclusive workshop and development opportunities as well as a chance to meet regularly with a group of peers to network and share ideas.

Partners so far are Bristol Old Vic, Sherman Cymru, Direct North with HOME in Manchester and Bolton Octagon, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Salisbury Playhouse, Traverse Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Northern Stage , West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nuffield Theatre Southampton.

In August 2013 we appointed Lisa Spirling to be our Artistic Coordinator for the Regional Programme. She is working with the Trust to design and deliver the regional programme of work and the bursaries.

In autumn 2013 we launched a new regional assistant director bursary offering one member of each of the groups the chance to work as an assistant director on a production at their local venue. We are grateful to the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund and The Richard Carne Trust (Sherman Cymru) for supporting this work. We have awarded 24 bursaries so far:

Stephanie Kempson, Bristol Old Vic, assisted Sally Cookson on Jane Eyre

Ben Mills, Salisbury Playhouse, assisted Ed Dick on Gaslight

Caroline Wilkes, Birmingham Rep, assisted Tessa Walker on The Mother

Maria Crocker, Northern Stage, assisted Rachel Chavkin on Catch 22

Yusra Warsama, HOME, assisted Walter Meierjohann on Romeo and Juliet

Joe Mellor, Bolton Octagon, assisted David Thacker on A View from the Bridge

Miriam Battye, Bristol Old Vic, assisted Michael Oakley on The Life and Times of Fanny Hill

Dan Hutton, Royayl & Derngate Northampton, assisted James Dacre on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Rob Jones, Traverse Theatre, assisted Rachel O'Riordan on Unfaithful

Oliver O'Shea, West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisted Mark Rosenblatt on Untold Stories

Katherine Nesbitt, Traverse Theatre, assisted Orla O'Loughlin on Swallow

David Crowley, West Yorkshire Playhouse, associate director on Beryl

Jac Moore, Sherman Theatre Cardiff, currently assisting Rachel O'Riordan on A Dolls House

Christa Harris, Birmingham Rep, assisted Tessa Walker on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Tom Guest, Northern Stage, assisted Annie Rigby on Up and Out Christmas Sprout

Alex Rex, Royal & Derngate Northampton, assisted Gary Sefton on The Snow Queen

Rosanna Purdie, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, assisted Liam Steel on Merlin

Miriam Higgins, Salisbury Playhouse, assisted Adam Penford on Deathtrap

Anna Ryder, Northern Stage, assisted Lorne Campbell on Get Carter

Jo Gleave, Birmingham Rep, assisted Tessa Walker on Folk

Alasdair Pidsley, West Yorkshire Playhouse, assisted Kate Wasserberg on Barnbow Canaries

Michael White, HOME Manchester, assisted Louise Lowe on On Corporation Street

Amy Gilmartin, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, is currently assisting Orla O'Loughlin on Milk

Ed Madden, Bristol Old Vic, will soon be assisting Dominic Hill on The Rivals.

Here's Amy Gilmartin's most recent blog about working on Milk at the Traverse Theatre with Orla O'Loughlin.

Here is a blog on Katherine Nesbitt's experience of working on Swallow Week 1 and Week 2.

Joe Mellor's blog about working as an assistant at Bolton Octagon is here.

To find out more about joining one of our regional groups email jo@jmktrust.org or subscribe here.

Read more about the programme here:
Talent, tenacity and something else

How the JMK Trust is supporting emerging directors

Leaving London: the hunt for theatre directors outside the capital

We are grateful to Arts Council England, the Noël Coward Foundation (www.noelcoward.org), the Richard Carne Trust , the Sir James Knott Trust, the Coats Foundation Trust and the Blakemore Foundation for supporting the regional progamme in 2016/17 .

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