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A paid opportunity to assist on a Young Vic show

Learning from experienced directors by assisting is a vital chance to develop skills and understanding. Equally, having the chance to spend time in a theatre and understand how the various departments work together is also an important aspect of a director's knowledge. Each year the Jerwood Assistant Director Program aims to provide five assistant directorships which include a residency at the Young Vic and an attachment to a production. The programme will include:

  • An assistantship on a Young Vic production or co-production
  • A two-week tailored placement observing day to day running of the theatre, attending planning and management meetings and spending time in departments such as marketing, production and development
  • The opportunity to direct a short piece of work, in The Clare Theatre, to be presented alongside the work of other Jerwood Assistant Directors
  • The opportunity to devise and lead two peer-led projects for the Genesis Directors Network

Each assistant will receive a fee to covers their placement and assistantship on a production.  There is a fee and small budget to support the direction of a short piece as part of Five Plays in The Clare. 

Recent Jerwood Assistant Directors include:

  • Annie Kershaw, Best of Enemies
  • Zoe Templeman-Young, Hamlet
  • Khadifa Wong, Changing Destiny 
  • David Furlong, Orfeus: A House Music Opera
  • Julia Levai, Nora: A Doll’s House
  • Robert Awosusi, Fairview 
  • Monique Touko and Emily Ling, Blood Wedding
  • Munotida Chinyanga, Tree
  • Emerald Crankson, Death of a Salesman
  • Seif Abdel Salam, Jesus Hopped The A Train
  • Mina Barber, The Convert
  • Eva Sampson, Twelfth Night
  • Leo J. Skilbeck, Fun Home
  • Sadie Spencer, The Inheritance
  • Nicole Charles, The Jungle
  • Anna Poole, Wings
  • Natalie Denton, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Jerwood Assistant Directors Program is made possible by