The Trust set up the James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director Award to enable talented directors like James put on their own productions of classic plays. Formerly at the Young Vic, the JMK Award entered a new partnership with the Orange Tree Theatre in 2019. With its track record of supporting some of the best directors in the industry, the Award remains a vital opportunity for young directors.
Over the past 10 years the Trust has developed a National Programme, working in partnership with 14 regional theatres, taking free training, development opportunities and mentoring to young and emerging directors around the country. Through this work we are reaching those who might not otherwise be able to access training and enabling directors from a broad range of backgrounds to join the industry.
We have so far awarded 60 Assistant Director Bursaries, funded by the Victoria Wood Foundation, The Leverhulme Trust, the family of Bob Carlton (Birmingham Rep) and the Carne Trust (Sherman Cymru), which enable directors based outside of London to assist on a production at their local theatres. This work has been a catalyst for theatres getting to know their local directors and has initiated many new relationships between venues, directors and other creatives.
Each year we need to raise money for all of our activity and every donation helps us to deliver this work. You can make a donation and help us to continue to find and support the most talented directors by clicking below. If you’re a UK taxpayer remember to sign up for Gift Aid to add an extra 25% to your donation:
We are participating in The Big Give #ChristmasChallenge23 to raise £4,000 towards our programme of work in 2024. The campaign runs from 28th November – 5th December and every £ you donate is double by our match funders! It’s an amazing time to support the Trust as we celebrate our 25th anniversary. More information will follow when the campaign launches!
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