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We are currently recruiting for the following role:

Assistant Director Opportunity (Traverse Theatre Company Festival 2019 production)

The JMK Trust in partnership with Traverse Theatre is offering an Assistant Director Bursary to a participant of the JMK & Traverse Theatre Directors' Opportunities group. The bursary is an arts scholarship, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, that will provide a learning and training opportunity for a talented emerging director, who has demonstrated a commitment to directing and a passion for theatre making. The recipient will become a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. 

We are looking for an assistant director to work with Traverse Interim Artistic Director, Gareth Nicholls on an upcoming Traverse Theatre Company Festival 2019 production.  The production shall be staged in Traverse 1.  Details of the production are currently under embargo.  Shortlisted candidates shall be made aware of the production and playwright when invited to interview.  

  • The assistant director will undertake a six week full time placement including rehearsals and tech week. 
  • Prior to rehearsals, the assistant director may be invited to auditions, production meetings and given research tasks by the Director. 
  • The assistant director will be required to be available throughout the run to watch and note performances, at dates agreed in advance with the director.
  • The assistant director should have a good understanding of the Traverse's artistic mission along with our current work and programming. 
  • The assistant director will need to demonstrate a commitment to living and making theatre in or near the Edinburgh / Lothian area.
  • The assistant director will be an existing member of the JMK/Traverse Directors Opportunities group, and if not already a member, must be willing to join the group and play an active role in programme's development.

As Assistant Director, your duties would include:

  • Providing 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 observe and assist the Director in the production week as required
  • To attend and participate in post-show discussions and/or other engagement activity by mutual agreement with the Traverse Theatre
  • 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 and the Traverse Theatre Artistic Team

The bursary recipient will be a member of the JMK Traverse Theatre Directors' Opportunities and as part of the bursary will also be responsible for working with the JMK and Traverse Theatre to support the group until next year's bursary recipient is chosen.

The Leverhulme Bursary consists of £2,350. 

Please send a completed application pack to by 12noon Monday 18 February.



Assistant Director - The JMK Trust in partnership with Traverse Theatre

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