The JMK Trust

The JMK Award for 2011

Sponsor our prestigious JMK Young Director Award for 2011.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (295080)





  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



The JMK Trust was established in 1998 following the death of James Menzies-Kitchin, a young director of exceptional talent and promise. We present an annual award to a young person of outstanding potential enabling them to mount a full-scale professional production that they direct. The Trust is unique in providing a six-month, intensive, mentored training programme throughout the year for eight selected directors. Winning the JMK Award has been instrumental in launching the careers of some of Britain’s finest new directors, including Thea Sharrock (Equus), Natalie Abrahami (Artistic Director, Gate Theatre), Olivier Award winner Bijan Sheibani (Artistic Director, ATC), Orla O'Loughlin (Artistic Director, Pentabus Theatre), Mark Rosenblatt and Joe Hill-Gibbins. This year Michael Boyd (Artistic Director, RSC) chose a selection of 25 ‘classic’ texts to be considered for the 2009 Award. All applicants select one text they wish to direct as the basis for their application. In 2010, acclaimed director, Katie Mitchell, will select her ‘classic’ 25. In addition to the mentorship and support that the overall winner receives we provide a cash sum of £12K towards the costs of a full production, rehearsal space and performance space for 4 weeks at BAC in London. It is extremely hard for brilliant young directors to make the career leap into actually directing plays, and you only really learn your craft by directing. The next Stephen Daldry may well emerge through receiving a lucky opportunity. The JMK Trust remains a vital flag-bearer for this emerging generation of directors - Tom Morris, Associate Director, NT