Young Vic

Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme

The Young Vic is an award-winning theatre and producing house that bring some of the world’s greatest artists to the most diverse audience in London. The Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme is a development opportunity for six artistic directors per year from the Genesis Network. It offers an extended placement at Young Vic in the form of a paid artistic direction role on a major Young Vic production. Structured professional development programme for emerging directors

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Jerwood Assistant Director Mathew Xia. Image: Simon Annard.

The development opportunity is tailored to suit each artistic director’s needs and a peer group between the cohort of Jerwood Assistant Directors is actively cultivated.

We have supported the Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme since 2010 and before that the Jerwood Directors Award (2002-2010) which had an extensive impact on the profession. Professional on-the-job development is a vital opportunity for directors at the start of their careers and programme provides the Young Vic with a fantastic opportunity to support and develop the next generation of young directors in a structured way, and is proving to be extremely valuable in enabling those chosen to take the next steps in their careers. Tinuke Craig went on to win the Genesis Future Directors Award, Kate Hewitt the JMK Award and Elayce Ismail the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors.

The 2018/19 Jerwood Assistant Directors are:

Monique Touko and Emily Ling Williams (Blood Wedding); Munotida Chinyanga (Tree); Mina Barber (The Convert); Eva Sampson (Twelfth Night); Lucy J. Skilbeck (Fun Home); Sadie Spencer (The Inheritance); Nicole Charles (The Jungle).

The 2017/18 Jerwood Assistant Directors were: Yaz Al Shaater (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Taio Lawson (Life of Galileo); Anna Poole (Wings); and Natalie Denton (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).

Future opportunities will be advertised through the Genesis Directors Network.