Royal & Derngate offer JMK theatre directors’ workshops, Northampton


Price: FREE


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In collaboration with the JMK Trust, Royal & Derngate are delighted to be offering a series of workshops which will allow directors based in the Midlands the opportunity to gain an insight into the processes other directors use when rehearsing a play and the workings of a busy regional theatre. The workshops this season will take place at the theatre on the following dates:

Wednesday 11 October – 6.30pm to 7.30pm – Jesse Jones, Director of EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION and Hannah Smith, Producer for Wardrobe Ensemble, followed by a performance of EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION at 7.45pm in the Royal that evening.

Jesse Jones, founder of Wardrobe Ensemble and RTYDS Director here at Royal & Derngate in 2016, will discuss his path into directing, having not undertaken any formal training. He will also discuss why and how he set up his own company. Hannah Smith, the company’s producer will be on hand to share advice on budgeting, taking shows to Edinburgh, the logistics of small-scale touring and funding. Attenders will receive a complimentary ticket to Education, Education, Education that evening at 7.45pm. The show has just completed a 4 week run at the Pleasance Dome as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won a Fringe First from The Scotsman.

Thursday 9 November – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Q and A with Tom Hescott, the newly appointed Chief Executive of SDUK
Tom Hescott will discuss the work of the recently created group Stage Directors UK which aims to support directors and lobby for their rights at all stages of their careers. He’s keen to hear the group’s questions about what you need as emerging directors in terms of support from SDUK. Thomas is a founding member of SDUK and has sat on the board since the organisation was formed. He is currently writing the director training and career development report commissioned by RADA, the National Theatre and Old Vic which will be published later this year.

Tuesday 5 December – 6.30pm to 8.30pm – Advice session with Caroline Steinbeis
Caroline Steinbeis (recently appointed Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, The Tempest at Royal & Derngate 2016 with National Youth Theatre, The Crucible at the Royal Exchange and The Broken Heart at the Globe) was a recipient of the 2009 JMK Award, through which she directed Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest. She will give the group advice on how to apply for the Award which will be launched for 2018 at the end of December. She will talk through her experience of the selection process, from initial application to pitching her idea to an industry panel.

Those interested in attending the sessions please e-mail stating which sessions you’d like to attend. Any access needs will be met.

Please let us know your access requirements when booking and we will meet them.


Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP