The JMK Trust

The JMK Regional Programme

To deliver free workshops, training, bursaries and networking opportunities to theatre directors around the UK, enabling people to engage with theatre directing where there are limited opportunities or where their location or financial situation prevents them from accessing training and support.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (295080)

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  • Put simply, the work of the JMK Trust is essential to the sustainability of a theatre culture that values and nurtures emerging talent; their contribution to supporting the next generation of brilliant theatre directors is vital to the overall future of theatre in the UK.

    — Linda Crooks (Executive Producer) & Orla O‚ÄôLoughlin (Artistic Director) ‚Äì Joint Chief Executive, Traverse Theatre

  • The other thing that has been really beneficial for me as someone from a working-class background is having these residencies available for free and taking place at my local regional theatre, as so many similar programmes are either London based or financially inaccessible to me.

    — Alex Whiteley, JMK & Birmingham Rep directors' group participant

  • Being awarded a JMK bursary has been invaluable to my career development. It was my first experience of working on a large scale professional production, and I learnt skills from rehearsals, production meetings, technical rehearsal and maintaining the run of the show which I still use.

    — Katherine Nesbitt, JMK Assistant Director on Swallow, Traverse Theatre (Summer 2015)

  • Put simply, the work of the JMK Trust is essential to the sustainability of a theatre culture that values and nurtures emerging talent; their contribution to supporting the next generation of brilliant theatre directors is vital to the overall future of theatre in the UK.

    — Linda Crooks (Executive Producer) & Orla O’Loughlin (Artistic Director) – Joint Chief Executive, Traverse Theatre

  • The other thing that has been really beneficial for me as someone from a working-class background is having these residencies available for free and taking place at my local regional theatre, as so many similar programmes are either London based or financially inaccessible to me.

    — Alex Whiteley, JMK & Birmingham Rep directors' group participant

  • Being awarded a JMK bursary has been invaluable to my career development. It was my first experience of working on a large scale professional production, and I learnt skills from rehearsals, production meetings, technical rehearsal and maintaining the run of the show which I still use.

    — Katherine Nesbitt, JMK Assistant Director on Swallow, Traverse Theatre (Summer 2015)

Situation

There is currently a bias towards London for opportunities within the theatre sector. Most theatre director training courses are in London and the fees are considerable. This is a barrier to potential theatre directors, who do not live in the capital and cannot afford to relocate, being able to access further training and to develop their careers. Also those already working in the industry often cannot afford to take the time to engage in further training and career development opportunities.

Solution

Our project will provide free training, bursaries and networking opportunities to young and emerging directors around the country. These will be delivered to the directors' groups that we have set up in partnership with 11 regional theatres. Through one-to-one mentoring and the networks that the JMK Trust has established over the last 20 years we are also able to link these directors to work and further development opportunities, helping a diverse group of directors to develop their careers.