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About the Jerwood Assistant Directors Programme

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, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation will aim to provide six 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 training programme observing day to day running of the theatre, attending planning and management meetings and spending time in departments such as marketing, production and development
  • Professional practice workshops, led by Young Vic associates
  • 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 which covers their training programme and assistantship on a production. There is a small budget to support the direction of a short piece in The Clare and the international practice exchange.

Recent Jerwood Assistant Directors include:

  • 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
  • Anna Poole, Wings
  • Natalie Denton, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation





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These opportunities will be advertised through the Genesis Directors Network. Please do not write in with unsolicited requests to work as an assistant at the Young Vic.

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