In 2018 the Trust funded a year long programme of workshops involving leading UK practitioners at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, for 6 young directors based in Wales, under the supervision of renowned director, Adele Thomas. We hope to secure future directing assignments for these individuals both in The Sherman Theatre and in the wider UK theatrical world. 

The Jermyn Street Theatre has created a position of Deputy Director where a young trainee director has the opportunity to learn all the workings of an active commercial theatre. The Carne Trust is delighted to fund this position, whose first occupant is Stella Powell Jones.

In partnership with the Royal Opera House, the Trust is co-funding a programme to introduce young theatre directors to the world of opera. Following an initial workshop for around 15 individuals, 5 are selected to take on an observer role during a full ROH opera rehearsal period, leading hopefully to a paid assistant role at a future production.


LAMDA offers a one-year MA Directing Course for 6 individuals, providing them with practical classwork with the student acting body, the opportunity to assist on academy productions, and to direct their own show. The Trust will provide significant funding support for this programme.