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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.

Email Jo at jo.newman@salisburyplayhouse.com if you would like to attend any of the below sessions or see any of the shows – there is a £5 discounted ticket offer for the below shows for JMK directors next season.

Workshop with Sam Pritchard (Associate Director, Royal Court Theatre)
Date TBC - to be announced here soon

Workshop with guest director followed by a trip to Hansel.
Thursday 22 March - Workshop at 5pm
Opportunity to see Hansel at 7.45pm (£5 ticket offer)

Q&A session with Gareth Machin (Artistic Director Salisbury Playhouse, Director and Writer of Moonfleet)
Thursday 26 April at 5pm

Opportunity to see Moonfleet at 2.15pm or 7.30pm (£5 ticket offer)

Q&A session with Simon Day, Director of The Plastacine Men and of Engine Brake, also part of JMK Directors group.
Thursday 17 May
- Time TBC
Opportunity to see Engine Brake, at 7.45pm (£5 ticket offer)

JMK Director's residency - Two day practical intensive - guest session leader to be announced
Thursday 31 May - Friday 1 June 2018 10am - 6pm
Opportunity to see Love On the Links on Thursday 31 May at 7.30pm (£5 ticket offer)

Workshop with creative team of The Salberg visiting company - show to be announced
Thursday 11 October - Time TBC

Technical  rehearsal observation for Salisbury Playhouse Main House production
Monday 26 November
- Time TBC

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