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
Creative Producer, Sunniva Ramsay. She has shoulder-length brown hair and a full fringe.

To receive updates about events taking place throughout the year, please email a CV and covering letter to Creative Producer, Sunniva Ramsay – sunniva.ramsay@traverse.co.uk


Upcoming Events

Traverse Theatre & JMK Workshop: The Director, Dramaturg and Writer
Friday 14 June | 11am-1pm
Traverse Theatre

Led by Traverse Theatre Interim Artistic Director, Gareth Nicholls, this workshop will explore the relationship between a director &/or dramaturg and writer and the process of taking a script from initial idea to fully staged production. Looking at questions such as...

• How can writers and directors work effectively together?
• When is the right time to give ’that’ note?
• What happens when you disagree?
• Where do your loyalties as a director lie?
• And how do you move from script notes to the dramaturgy of realised scene - and what’s the difference?

This will be a discussion based workshop exploring ideas around dramaturgy, note giving and different models of working together asking how, ultimately, we can all collaborate effectively to put on the best show possible.

To book your place, please email sunniva.ramsay@traverse.co.uk by 12 noon on Friday 7th of June.

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Theatre Directors Scotland Panel Session: Theatre Makers & Marketing

Friday 14 June | 2-4.30pm
Traverse Theatre

A panel discussion addressing the marketing challenges faced by theatre makers and how we can support each other to help our work reach audiences. Confirmed speakers: Jenna Watt (theatre maker), Kyriakos Vogiatzis (Campaigns Officer, Traverse Theatre) and Joy Parkinson (Press and Communications Officer, Scottish Ballet). Chaired by Ross MacKay.

Book your free place


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:

Eve Nicol
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.

Fiona Mackinnon
Meet Me At Dawn by Zinnie Harris, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
FST Assistant Director Bursary 2017.

Nikki Kalkman
Girl in the Machine by Stef Smith, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2017.

Elliot Roberts
Grain in the Blood by Rob Drummond, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
Saltire Society Assistant Director Bursary 2016.

Amy Gilmartin
Milk by Ross Dunsmore, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2016.

Katherine Nesbitt
Swallow by Stef Smith, directed by Orla O'Loughlin.
JMK Assistant Director Bursary 2015.

Rob Jones
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.