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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


6.30pm Monday 13 March, Salisbury Playhouse, Rehearsal Room
Join Alice Hamilton in the rehearsal room at Salisbury Playhouse for informal session where there will be the opportunity to ask Alice questions about the process behind Echo’s End and Alice’s career to date.
Alice Hamilton is Co-Artistic Director of Up in Arms theatre company. Direction for Up in Arms includes German Skerries (Orange Tree and tour), Eventide (Arcola and tour, nominated for the Offie for Best Director, 2015), Visitors (Arcola, Bush Theatre and tour, nominated for the Offie Award for Best Director, 2014), Fear of Music (tour with Out of Joint) and At First Sight (tour and Latitude Festival). Other theatre includes Orca (Papatango at Southwark Playhouse) and Orson's Shadow (Southwark Playhouse). As Staff Director: Man And Superman (National Theatre).
If you would like to attend this  session please email Jo Newman at jo.newman@salisburyplayhouse.com by 10 March to confirm your place

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


The JMK Trust was founded in 1997 in memory of a theatre director of thrilling promise, James Menzies-Kitchin, who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28. It runs the annual JMK Young Director’s Award and works with theatres around the UK in its regional programme to discover and support emerging theatre directors. Our assistant director bursary, funded by The Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Award, is another part of our work which enables directors to learn new skills through practical experience. For more details about what we do please visit www.jmktrust.org.

The JMK Trust