Last week, the 2018 phase of our JMK / Sherman Directors Group and New Welsh Playwrights Programme got under way. In this next phase these important schemes, both of which are generously supported by The Carne Trust, will go from strength to strength. Artistic Director, Rachel O’Riordan and David Mercatali, Sherman Theatre’s Associate Director welcomed the new participants at a special session and were joined by Brad Birch and Adele Thomas who will work with David to lead the New Welsh Playwrights Programme and JMK Directors Group respectively.
Rachel has said ‘‘Developing new Welsh talent is at the heart of what we do at the Sherman. The New Welsh Playwrights Programme is now in its second year, and the Directors’ Group is a result of the strong work Sherman has done to provide structured development for emerging Welsh or Wales based directors over the past 3 years. Investment in talent is a statement of intent for the future of the arts in this country, and an endeavour in which the Sherman has shown exceptional commitment, and continues to demonstrate leadership.”
David has said “The development of Welsh and Wales based artists is vital for the Sherman and I am hugely excited to be working with such a brilliant group of writers and directors. This is the first year we are partnering the programmes and the opportunity for collaboration throughout will be an important step for everyone. We are grateful to the Carne Trust for their generous support.”
The participants in the New Welsh Playwrights Programme are: Carys Jones, Isla Ure, Tracy Harris, Jacob Hodgkinson, Christopher Harris and Jon Berry. The participants in the JMK / Sherman Directors Group are: Jesse Briton, Siobhan Lyn Brennan, Matthew Holmquist, Hannah Noone, Paul Jenkins and Luke Hereford.