Directors' Programme

Directors' Programme

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' Programme. 

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 progression.

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 Award. 

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 recipients:

Amy Gilmartin, Traverse Theatre Festival 2016: Milk by Ross Dunsmore, directed by Orla O'Loughlin. 

Katherine Nesbitt, Traverse Theatre Festival 2015: Swallow by Stef Smith, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.

Rob Jones, Traverse Theatre Festival 2014: Unfaithful by Owen McCafferty, directed by Rachel O'Riordan.

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How to join the Traverse Directors' Programme

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. 

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