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Skills Development


We aim to provide a range of workshop over the course of our seasons. Recent workshops have been hosted by Chris Thorpe and Daniel Bye. 

NST Writers

Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is launched a new writer’s group in partnership with the award-winning South West theatre company Up in Arms, to help writers from the South develop their skills for writing for performance.

With the opening of NST City, we are looking to expand the opportunities for playwrights and new writing in the region. Whilst also presenting the best in studio scale touring theatre, NST City studio will become our home of new writing.

NST and Up in Arms will together deliver a programme of mentoring, masterclasses and script in hand reading from some of the best new writing playwrights to help local writers grow their ideas as well develop their voice.

The process will culminate in a public showcase, with the aim of finding at least one writer for NST to take forward and commission for the new studio space.

Applicants must currently live within the SO, SP, PO, BH, DT, BA, GU and RG postcode areas, with special consideration to those who currently live within 25 miles of Southampton, or have been from, though no longer live, within 25 miles of the city.

JMK Directors’ Group

NST is delighted to be working in partnership with the JMK Trust and Salisbury Playhouse on this project, offering a series of workshops and opportunities throughout the year for brilliant early-career directors from Hampshire and the South West.

The JMK Trust was founded in memory of director James Menzies-Kitchin, and offers a range of opportunities each year to early-career directors to allow them to realise their potential within the industry.

Throughout the year group members will be offered workshops from leading industry directors, exclusive opportunities to observe rehearsals, and first consideration for assisting opportunities on NST’s main programme. Participation in all workshops and events is entirely free, and to be eligible you don’t need any professional experience but simply must be committed to pursuing a career as a theatre director. 

To find out about upcoming sessions and to book your place, please contact Emily Moseley.

Previous Assistant Directors have been: Gemma Aked-Priestley (Shadow Factory, dir. Samuel Hodges 2018), Scott Hurran (Women In Power, dir. Blanche McIntyre 2018), Rosie Purdie (Merlin, dir. Liam Steele 2016)