Just as words require writers to give them life; writers need directors to bring their visions to the stage.
The Traverse Theatre is dedicated to supporting skills development for emerging theatre directors who wish to expand their skills in working with new writing. Through joining the Traverse Directors' Opportunities Mailing List, you will be kept up to date with:
- Workshop opportunities and events for directors at the Traverse Theatre
- Assistant Director opportunities on Traverse Theatre Company Productions
- Rehearsal room shadow opportunities
- Events and workshops run by The JMK Trust
To receive updates about events taking place throughout the year, please email a CV and covering letter to Creative Producer, Sunniva Ramsay – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 workshops and residencies 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.
For more details about the JMK please visit jmktrust.org
Previous Assistant Directors at the Traverse Theatre
The Monstrous Heart by Oliver Emanuel, directed by Gareth Nicholls.
FST Assistant Director Bursary 2019.
Crocodile Fever by Meghan Tyler, directed by Gareth Nicholls.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2019.
What Girls Are Made Of by Cora Bissett, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
FST Assistant Director Bursary 2018.
Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir
Ulster American by David Ireland, directed by Gareth Nicholls.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2018.
Meet Me At Dawn by Zinnie Harris, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
FST Assistant Director Bursary 2017.
Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2017.
Grain in the Blood by Rob Drummond, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
Saltire Society Assistant Director Bursary 2016.
Milk by Ross Dunsmore, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2016.
Swallow by Stef Smith, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2015.
Unfaithful by Owen McCafferty, directed by Rachel O'Riordan.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2014.
Interested in learning more about what an Assistant Director does?
Find out more about our Assistant Directors' rehearsal room experiences by reading their entries over on our blog.