21 October 2019 — 26 October 2019

LITTLE BABY JESUS by Arinzé Kene is directed by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, winner of the JMK Award 2019.

We’re linking up with the JMK Trust to offer emerging theatre directors a chance to learn from previous award and bursary winners. Take part in masterclasses, get one to one advice on getting started in the industry, and meet exciting directors at different stages of their careers.

Take part. Be inspired.


JMK Award Winners Masterclasses

21, 23 and 24 October, 5pm – 7pm

Take part in a practical workshop with a previous JMK award winner – explore how they work in the rehearsal room, ask questions, and be inspired. We have three amazing masterclasses with Roy Alexander Weise, Caroline Steinbeis and Liz Stevenson.

Masterclasses are £10 each. See Little Baby Jesus AND take part in a masterclass for just £20. Click the link for the Masterclass you'd like to book for below then book a ticket and it will automatically be discounted. 

The Saturday Sugrery is FREE to attend - let us know you're coming here 

All our participation work is accessible for everyone, so bursary places are available - just ask for more information, email [email protected] or call 020 8940 0141 


Roy Alexander Weise
Monday 21 October, 5pm – 7pm 

Roy Alexander Weise is the incoming Joint Artistic Director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, an Associate Artist at the Donmar Warehouse and tutor at Open Door. Roy is the 19th winner of the JMK Award and directed his critically acclaimed, sell out production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at the Young Vic and then on tour. Current and forthcoming productions include Master Harold and the Boys (National Theatre); Antigone: Burial at Thebes (Lyric Hammersmith) and Sucker Punch (Stratford East). Recent  credits include: Black Dick (Reading at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, US); Luminosity (Manchester Met); The Trick (Bush Theatre & UK Tour); Nine Night (National Theatre & West End); Dead Don’t Floss (National Theatre) and The Dark (Fuel Theatre).
Book for Roy Alexander Weise Masterclass

Caroline Steinbeis
Wednesday 23 October, 5pm – 7pm 

Caroline Steinbeis is a multi-award winning theatre director. She won the JMK Award in 2009 and has made work across the UK as well as internationally.  She was International Associate at the Royal Court Theatre from 2011-2013 and is currently Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres. Recent credits include: Rutherford and Son (Sheffield Crucible), Love and Information (Sheffield Crucible), Edward II (Cambridge Arts), The Tempest (Royal & Derngate), The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange),       We Want You To Watch (National Theatre), The Broken Heart (Globe Theatre),  Talk Show, Mint, A Time To Reap (Royal Court Theatre).

Book for Caroline Steinbeis Masterclass

Liz Stevenson
Thursday 24 October, 5pm – 7pm 

Liz Stevenson is the Artistic Director of Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. She won the JMK Award in 2015 – her production of Barbarians at the Young Vic was nominated for a 2016 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. As the Artistic Director of Junction 8 Theatre, she directed Lancastrians and Under the Market Roof. Other directing work includes: The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal, Theatre by the Lake); Handbagged (Theatre by the Lake); How My Light is Spent (Royal Exchange Theatre, Sherman Theatre, Theatre by the Lake); Macbeth (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster); Bluestockings, Too Fast and Midnight at the Hotel Beauregard (ALRA North). She is directing a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Alan Harris for Theatre Clwyd this Christmas.
Book for Liz Stevenson Masterclass


JMK Emerging Directors Saturday Surgery -  FREE to attend 

26 October, 11am – 1pm

Want to be a theatre director, but don’t know where to start? Come and hear three recipients of JMK Assistant Director bursaries talk about their experiences of getting started at a panel event especially for emerging theatre makers. Get practical advice, followed by a chance to have a one to one chat with directors including Gitika Buttoo and Leigh Toney.

This event is free with a £15 under 30s ticket for Little Baby Jesus.
Book for the Saturday Surgery

Gitika Buttoo 

JMK bursary recipient, assisted James Brining on Ode to Leeds (Leeds Playhouse). Gitika is a British Indian theatre director from Yorkshire. She graduated from Liverpool in 2016 with a BA Hons in Drama & English. After her JMK bursary, Gitika went on to work for The Octagon Theatre in Bolton as their Participations Director where she was Assistant Director on main house productions and also directed all their youth theatre productions. Her most recent credit as Director was for Beyond Shame by Karim Khan, 2018, at Derby Theatre. She became the Artistic Associate of Birmingham Opera Company in Summer 2018. After one year in post, she is now moving on to work with the National Theatre & CAST, Doncaster on Public Acts 2020.


Leigh Toney

JMK bursary recipient, assisted Luke Sheppard on Peter and the Star Catcher (Royal & Derngate Northampton). Leigh is currently Associate Director for Measure for Measure and Assistant Director on Taming of the Shrew for the RSC 2019-20 season which is due to open at the Barbican in November before a UK tour. Her recent work includes: As Director: Under My Skin (Pegasus) Wirework (Tristan Bates); As Associate Director: Murder for Two (UK Tour); The Moderate Soprano (Duke of York's); Beowulf (Unicorn Theatre); Working (Southwark Playhouse). Alongside receiving the JMK Assistant Director Bursary at the Royal and Derngate in 2016, Leigh's career is being supported by MGC Futures and in 2018 she was a finalist for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Directors Award.


Ben Mills

JMK bursary recipient, assisted Ed Dick on Gaslight at Salisbury Playhouse. Ben is a theatre director based in Basingstoke and London, and an award-winning filmmaker whose work was described as "funny, heart-warming" in the Independent. He has worked as a Director and Assistant Director with organisations including National Theatre, Young Vic, Royal Opera House, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Salisbury Playhouse.



About the JMK Award
James Menzies-Kitchin was a theatre director of thrilling promise. The JMK Trust was founded in his memory to give practical learning opportunities to theatre directors of similar ability and vision. The JMK Award allows one such director a year to stage their own production of a classic text. Find out more


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