The James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director’s Award 2013 has been presented to Alex Brown.
Brown will receive a bursary of £25,000 towards staging a production at the Young Vic in London this autumn.
The bursary amount has increased from last year’s £18,000 to “further assist” young directors with the costs of staging their productions and to allow them to pay their creative team Equity rates.
Brown, who has previously worked as assistant director on The River at the Royal Court Theatre and also The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida Theatre, was selected from a shortlist of seven directors.
Kim Pearce, who was assistant director on the 2011 Chichester Festival Theatre production of Sweeney Todd, was named runner up and will receive £2,000.
The JMK Young Director’s Award has been presented annually since 1998 and this year is its 16th anniversary. Applicants for the award must be under 30, have directed no more than two professional productions and must apply to direct a ‘classic text’.
Stephen Fewell, chair of the JMK Trust, said: “Alex really stood out, someone remarkable amid a field of young talent with notable skills and acumen.”
He added: “This year we’ve been fundraising feverishly to increase the JMK Award to £25,000; more than double the amount of two years ago. Thanks to the support of some highly generous donors, this will let Alex wage his creative team at Equity levels – a fundamental prerequisite for making theatre.”