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Wiltshire Creative / JMK Trust Emerging Directors Programme

Wiltshire creative 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 Wiltshire Creative, 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@wiltshirecreative.co.uk



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.

If you have any questions please contact jo@jmktrust.org or sam@jmktrust.org


JMK Assistant Director Opportunity

The JMK Trust in partnership with Wiltshire Creative is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK Directors’ Group at Wiltshire Creative and Nuffield Southampton Theatres. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, based in the South West who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. 

The role
We are looking for an assistant director for Ryan McBryde’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast written by Andrew Pollard, designed by James Button (the team behind last year’s record-breaking Jack and the Beanstalk). The show will run from 1 December 2018 - 13 January 2019 on the main stage at Salisbury Playhouse. This is a fantastic opportunity for an emerging/ early career director with experience of working as an Assistant Director to work on a main stage show, gaining an insight into an established director’s rehearsal process and undertaking a number of key responsibilities such as working with understudies. 

Ryan McBryde is an award-winning director who has recently directed Love on the Links, Jack and The BeanstalkBefore The Party, Aladdin and Cinderella for Salisbury Playhouse. Other recent productions include 1984 at the Alte Schauspielhaus, Stuttgart, which was nominated for the prestigious Theaterpreis Der Faust; The Ruling Class for the English Theatre Frankfurt; Angus, Thongs And Even More Snogging at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Who’s Tommy, European Tour.

The assistant director will need to be available for:

Interviews: 16 August in London (between 10-12.30pm)
Rehearsals from: 5 November 2018
Technical from: 26 November 2018
First preview: 1 December 2018
Press:  5 December 2018
Closes: 13 January 2019


As Assistant Director, your duties would include: 

  • To provide general assistance to the Director. 
  • As agreed with the Director, to carry out any research that will inform and benefit the production.
  • To observe rehearsals and have input in discussions and production meetings.
  • To assist the company in documenting the rehearsal process for the purposes of marketing, archiving and evaluating the project through blogs, social media and other forms as agreed.
  • To work with understudies throughout the rehearsal period and run understudy calls whilst the play is in performance
  • To observe and assist the Director in the production week as required.
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions by mutual agreement with the Producer.
  • To support the company whilst the play is in performance as agreed with the Director and Stage Manager, including attending and noting the production. 
  • Any further duties as required by the Director.


The bursary recipient will demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in the South West region and will also be or become a participant of the JMK Salisbury Playhouse Directors’ Group and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with JMK and Salisbury Playhouse to support and facilitate the group 

The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350. 

How to apply 
Please send a CV and covering letter to jo@jmktrust.org by 13 August 2018 at 5pm.

Please detail: 

  • Why you are interested in working with Ryan McBryde on this production of Beauty and the Beast at Salisbury Playhouse
  • Your relevant experience and what you can bring to the role 
  • How this assisting opportunity and involvement in the Salisbury Playhouse JMK Trust Directors’ group will contribute to your professional development
  • Your commitment to living and making theatre in the South West

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with Ryan McBryde on Thursday 16th August in London (between 10-12.30am)

If you have any questions please contact jo@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