The JMK Trust

The JMK Award 2013

Great directors acknowledge that you learn to direct by directing but for young directors opportunities to do so are extremely scarce. The JMK Award provides a rare and extremely valuable opportunity – the chance for a young director to direct their own production with lots of support and advice.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 December 2012 to 12:00 AM, 1 October 2013

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There are very few opportunities for young theatre directors to get the chance to direct their own production. For many the transition from working as an assistant director to working as a director in their own right is difficult to achieve. Without the opportunity to direct their own work they cannot fully learn how to do the job. The JMK Award gives one young director the chance to direct their own production with the freedom to make their own decisions and learn through this experience.


The JMK Award gives young directors an opportunity to learn through a rigorous three-stage application process, which involves going through all the stages that are needed to mount a production. The Award is given to one outstanding individual. They are g

  • I only wish there were more opportunities like this one for the breadth of talented people.

    — Bijan Sheibani

  • The Award gave me the opportunity to do the job for first time; an opportunity I couldn’t get anywhere else.

    — Joe Hill-Gibbins

  • This award provides the opportunity to direct by giving the two things a young director doesn’t have – a space and money.

    — Thea Sharrock