The JMK Trust

JMK National Directors' Programme 2021

The JMK Trust has been delivering free training and development opportunities for aspiring theatre directors around the UK since 2012. In the wake of the pandemic this support will be even more vital and so we will develop a programme of online and face-to-face activity to take place in 2021.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (295080)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


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


  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


There are a variety of routes into working as a theatre director both informal and formal. However the majority of formal opportunities rely on expensive, often London based, training opportunities with early career experiences offering very low or even no income. This excludes many from entering the profession or means they leave it before they have had the opportunity to fully develop their potential. In the wake of the pandemic these problems will be even more acute.


Drawing upon our years of experience of running our National Programme and the adaptations we made during lockdown to encompass online training, this project will allow us to offer free workshops, mentoring and networking online and, when possible, in person. This will enable all those with an interest in working as a theatre director or theatre maker the chance to gain support in developing their career regardless of their individual circumstances, location or socio-economic background.

  • As a disabled director these workshops on Zoom meet access needs so brilliantly. I hope there might be a way to continue them post lockdown. It does not replace being in a room but sometimes that is hard to manage for Disabled creatives.

    — Workshop Participant June 2020

  • I've now done two #JMKspace and I'm so glad for the opportunity it's allowed me to learn from experts in the field in a relaxed setting, something that I would never get to do without these events. I love how you keep them to small numbers as it ensures that my questions will always get answered.

    — Workshop Participant June 2020

  • Fantastic, informal environment. Gave me loads of food for thought from lots of different perspectives.

    — Workshop participant June 2020

  • Reconnecting with other directors and feeling like there is a support network – sometimes directing can feel very lonely (especially in lockdown!) so it was great to check in with people pursuing similar career paths.

    — Workshop Participant June 2020