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Salisbury Playhouse / JMK Trust Emerging Directors Programme

Salisbury Playhouse, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and the JMK Trust are inviting local directors and theatre-makers interested in directing theatre to join their free ongoing talent development scheme, based at the two theatres. The aim is to:

  • Create a hub for directors interested in making theatre.
  • Provide access to exclusive workshop, training and development opportunities for emerging directors and makers.
  • Create a chance for directors and makers to meet regularly, to network and to share ideas both regionally and nationally.
  • The opportunity to apply for a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, securing the chance to work as an assistant director on a professional production.

Jo Newman will head up the scheme at the Salisbury Playhouse, working with the Nuffield Theatre and JMK's Regional Coordinators Sam Potter and Justin Audibert to create a series of workshops, gatherings and events for theatre directors in the region throughout the year.

To join the group please email Jo.Newman@salisburyplayhouse.com




We will email with more information about each of these events and how to sign up closer to the time, this is just an overview so you can have the dates in your diary.

Nuffield Youth Theatre Visit
Wednesday 18 January (6-10pm)
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
An opportunity to watch technical rehearsals and then see a full dress of the show Consensual by Evan Placey.

Directors and Producers Networking and Workshop
Monday 13 Feb (6-9pm)
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
For Salisbury Playhouse’s Theatre Fest West Nuffield Southampton Theatres are hosting a directors networking event on Monday 13 Feb followed by a workshop (details TBC)

JMK Assistant Director Bursary – Grapes of Wrath Dir. Abbey Wright (Jan-March, touring until June 2017)
Nuffield Southampton Theatres
More info attached

Q & A with Director Alice Hamilton alongside show at Salisbury Playhouse (to be announced) March 2017
Salisbury Playhouse
More info to be announced early 2017


JMK Assistant Directing Opportunity

The JMK Trust in partnership with Salisbury Playhouse is offering an assistant director bursary to a participant of the JMK & Salisbury Playhouse directors group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the South West who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

The role
We are looking for an assistant director to work with director Ryan McBryde on Salisbury Playhouse’s upcoming production of Before the Party by Rodney Ackland. 

Before the Party by Rodney Ackland

The war is over and the Skinner family is trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government wasnt such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies.

With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.

Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

Before the Party is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. Ackland’s hilarious adaptation is a sizzling portrayal of the upper middle classes adjusting to post-war life.

Ryan McBryde is an award-winning director who has recently directed Aladdin and Cinderella for Salisbury Playhouse. Other recent productions include 1984 at the Alte Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart, which was nominated for the prestigious Theaterpreis Der Faust; The Ruling Class for the English Theatre Frankfurt; Angus, Thongs And Even More Snogging at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Whos Tommy, European Tour.


The assistant director will need to be available for:
Rehearsals from 3 April 2017
Technical from 1 May 2017
First preview: 4 May 2017
Press: 9 May 2017
Closes: 27 May 2017


As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • To provide general assistance to the director.
  • To carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production as agreed with the director.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To observe and assist the director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the director and stage manager, including attending and noting the production.
  • ​Any further duties as required by the director.


The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the South West area and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Salisbury Playhouse directors’ group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK artistic coordinator, and Salisbury Playhouse to support and facilitate the group until next year’s bursary recipient is chosen.


The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,250


How to apply
Please send a CV and covering letter to jo.newman@salisburyplayhouse.com by 9am Wednesday 18 January 2017

Please detail:

  • Why you are interested in working with Ryan McBryde on this production of Before the Party
  • Why you are interested in working at Salisbury Playhouse
  • How this bursary opportunity and involvement in the JMK directors group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in London Tuesday 31 January in the evening (exact time TBC)

If you have any questions please contact jo@jmktrust.org  or sam@jmktrust.org

The JMK Trust