John Fernald Award – Testimonials
The John Fernald Award enabled me to work with the company Paines Plough which has been a vital relationship in my development as a director. I was and still am supported and inspired by Paines Plough to make theatre. The John Fernald Award was the catalyst for me to work with this company and learn the craft through assisting James Grieve on WASTED by Kate Tempest, creating new important relationships with playwrights I now collaborate with.
Being awarded the John Fernald Award helped me work on The Ghost Train at the Royal Exchange Theatre with Told By An Idiot. Since receiving the award I went on to become a finalist in the Regional Young Theatre Directors Scheme in 2015 and became a board member of Stage Directors UK. The award has helped me establish myself within my chosen career path and I’m thankful for such schemes like this that don’t judge suitability on age.
The John Fernald Award gave me the fantastic opportunity of being on attachment at Birmingham Rep. There, I learnt how to set up emerging artists projects, I got an insight into how a regional theatre is run, and I had the opportunity to work in ways that were completely new to me to create a new piece of work. It definitely helped equip me to go on to be Director on Attachment at Clean Break and Literary Associate at Talawa Theatre Company.
The John Fernald Emerging Director Award has assisted my project development immensely by taking the proposed piece of immersive opera through to the final stages of the Sky Arts Scholarship, bringing weight to my application to workshop with Mahogany Opera, and in establishing myself with a full time theatre making role at The Truman Brewery’s new Juju’s Bar and Stage venue where I will continue to develop the style of theatre I’m developing form an in-house position.
The award has been pivotal in my development as a director. I have experienced my first professional and paid position, picked up a variety of new skills to take forward into the future, and have been introduced to pool of creatives who have been beyond generous with guidance and support.