About the Traverse Directors' Programme
Just as words require writers to give them life; writers need
directors to bring their visions to the stage. This is the reason
we are proud to run the Traverse Theatre's Directors'
The Traverse Theatre's Directors' Programme connects with
emerging theatre directors, who wish to expand their skills and
connect with other industry professionals. Members of the
Director's Programme are invited to a series of workshops, events
and opportunities which intend to support the development of
theatre directors working across Scotland.
As capacity for Directors' Programme events and workshops is
often limited, members of the group are encouraged to register for
these opportunities as they see relevant to their own career
The JMK Trust's Regional Programme
The Traverse Theatre is proud to be a member of the JMK Trust's
Regional Programme which aims to find and support talented
theatre directors around the UK. The JMK hosts at least 3
workshops at the Traverse throughout the year, enabling
participants to learn more about the Trust and the coveted JMK
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. The JMK's 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.
Previous JMK/Traverse Assistant Director Bursary
Amy Gilmartin, Traverse Theatre Festival
2016: Milk by Ross Dunsmore, directed by Orla
Katherine Nesbitt, Traverse Theatre Festival
2015: Swallow by Stef Smith, directed by Orla
Rob Jones, Traverse Theatre Festival
2014: Unfaithful by Owen McCafferty, directed by
For more details about the JMK please do visit jmktrust.org.
How to join the Traverse Directors'
To join the mailing list for the Traverse Directors' Programme
and to receive updates about events taking place throughout the
year, please email a CV and covering letter to Sunniva
Ramsay, Traverse Theatre's Engagement Manager.