The JMK Trust runs workshops for emerging directors at major regional theatres, thereafter selecting one participant in each case to receive a bursary and to assist on a major production at that theatre. The Carne Trust supports this initiative by providing funding for a year long workshop for six young directors based in Wales, involving leading UK theatre practitioners, under the supervision of renowned director, Adele Thomas. Four of these individuals will have the opportunity to assist on a full scale stage production at the Sherman Theatre.
The Jermyn St Theatre has created a new position of Deputy Director. In this role, a young trainee director will learn about the programming side of a busy producing venue, with a range of duties across marketing, fundraising, education and administration, while crucially reporting on scripts and negotiating with visiting producers. He or she will also help direct workshops and readings, and assist the Artistic Director on in-house productions. This position, which will run for 6-12 months, will provide an excellent training for a young director with ambitions to one day run their own theatre. The Carne Trust is delighted to fund this position, whose first occupant is Stella Powell Jones .
Starting in 2017, The Trust is partnering with the Royal Opera House on a new initiative called Future Opera Directors, which provides an introduction to opera staging for around 20 emerging theatre directors. The project includes a one-day workshop for up to 15 participants with experienced opera personnel, and up to five observer roles that shadow leading international directors during the opera rehearsal process across a period of 3-6 weeks. The programme aims to build participants' confidence in working in a different creative art form, to develop in them a deeper understanding of opera staging, and to explore the availability of paid work and the realities of becoming a freelance opera director.