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Trainee Resident Directors graduate from the King’s Head Theatre with high profile placements

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AS THE current trainee resident directors graduate from the King’s Head Theatre’s Trainee Resident Director’s Scheme in March 2019, the theatre look forward to welcoming the two latest additions to the scheme.

Current trainee resident directors Alex Jackson and Charlie Norburn will graduate after 12 months within the organisation. They see out their time with the theatre working on high profile projects.

Charlie Norburn (pictured) is the Assistant Director on Martin Sherman’s Gently Down The Stream at the Park Theatre, directed by the acclaimed Director, Sean Matthias, and Alex Jackson is the Resident Director on the brand new 80’s musical, Club Tropicana, which is touring the UK until August 2019.

Many directors who have recently graduated from the scheme have gone on to find success. Jamie Armitage directed the smash hit musical Six! which is currently playing at the Arts Theatre until 2020. He is also currently the Assistant Director on Alan Bennett’s The Madness of King George III at the Nottingham Playhouse starring Mart Gatiss.

James Callàs Ball was Associate Director to Michael Fentiman on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest at the Vaudeville Theatre. Jennifer Davis co-founded SHOOT Festival, a four day multi-discipline arts festival in her home town of Coventry supported by the Belgrade Theatre and Arts Council England, and she was instrumental to the success of Coventry’s 2021 UK City of Culture bid.

Many former TRD’s also return to work at the King’s Head Theatre as paid professional directors, including Mary Franklin’s current production of Carmen, which is her sixth project at the King’s Head Theatre as a Director.

Helena Jackson co-wrote the libretto for and directed the acclaimed, sell-out La Traviata in 2018. Hannah Noone, currently the Staff Director on the National Theatre’s West End transfer of Home I’m Darling, will return to the King’s Head Theatre in the Autumn with her award-winning company, Opera’r Ddraig, to stage The Elixir of Love.

In March 2019, the King’s Head Theatre will welcome Mandi Chivasa and Aran Cherkez to the scheme. Mandi Chivasa is a Director and Writer. Her play, Borders will be on at the Tristan Bates Theatre at the end of March. Aran Cherkez made his professional directing debut at the Lyric Hammersmith and has since showcased his work at the OSO Arts Centre.

At the heart of the King’s Head Theatre’s commitment to providing opportunities for emerging artists sits its Trainee Resident Director’s scheme. Founded in 1994, it won the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2002 in recognition of its unique value to the arts. The aim is to give directors all the practical skills they need to direct, produce and manage their own work. The trainees spend 12 months at the theatre; they are allocated to in-house productions as assistant directors, producers and stage managers and receive weekly skills and learning sessions with a range of external industry professionals.