Grace Gummer has been named the winner of the National Theatre’s inaugural Women of Tomorrow Directors Award.
The award, which is presented in partnership with the Chanel fund for women in the arts and culture, will see Gummer stage a play at London’s Yard Theatre for three weeks.
She will also work in the National Theatre’s new work department as part of a six-month residency.
Gummer said: “I am thrilled to be the first recipient of the NT Women of Tomorrow Directors Award, which will give me the opportunity to work with not one but two different buildings of brilliant people.
“Spending the next six months in the creative environment of the NT’s New Work department is the perfect preparation for directing a production at the Yard, a building dedicated to pushing contemporary theatre forwards.”
She added: “It’s rare for emerging directors to be given the opportunity to direct a production, especially of a new play at scale, and this award will provide me with the resources and support to realise my ambitions.”
Gummer was selected from more than 160 applicants by the panel, which included representatives from the National Theatre and the Yard.
Her previous work includes assisting on productions Anatomy of a Suicide, Road and Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp at the Royal Court, as well as working as the resident assistant director at the Yard Theatre.
The National Theatre’s senior new work manager Rachel Twigg said: “We were all struck by Grace’s passion and dedication to creating bold, exciting new work and were delighted to offer her this award.
“Grace has an incisive and forensic mind for developing new writing and she is currently at the forefront of creating theatre with new artists and voices.”