THE SANDRA BATES DIRECTOR’S AWARDS sponsored by the Seaborn, Broughton and Walford Foundation

In 2016 we received 63 applications for the Sandra Bates Director’s Awards, of which the two successful applicants were Priscilla Jackman and Janine Watson.

Priscilla Jackman worked as Assistant Director on GOOD PEOPLE, and is also currently working in the same capacity on BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Janine Watson worked as Assistant Director to Susanna Dowling on TRIBES, and will work with Mark Kilmurry on RELATIVELY SPEAKING at the end of this year.

In addition, Priscilla directed the staged readings of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde in May 2016 and Janine will direct staged readings of AWAY by Michael Gow on the 14th and 16th of September 2016.

After an incredibly successful inaugural year, we are once again thrilled to offer two awards in 2017. Working as Assistant Director on two of Ensemble Theatre’s mainstage productions, these coveted awards offer an unmissable opportunity for emerging practitioners. Submissions are now open!

Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest (max. 2 pages) addressing the following questions:

  1. How would the opportunity to be part of the Sandra Bates Director’s Awards benefit your professional development?
  2. Which two productions in the 2017 season would you most like to work on and why?

Applicants are also asked to provide a CV outlining their relevant experience and training and a portfolio of their body of work if applicable.

Applications will be assessed by a selection panel comprised of Ensemble Theatre artistic and management staff and shortlisted applicants chosen.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the selection panel.

Two awards will be offered with a value of $8000 each.

Submissions are now open and close Friday 23 September 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Friday 30 September 2016, and the recipients announced on Thursday 20 October 2016.

Submit applications to:
Loretta Busby
Company Manager
78 McDougall Street
Kirribilli NSW 2061

“The Sandra Bates Directing Award has been one of the most instrumental opportunities for me in 2016, as an emerging director, not only in terms of the professional development it has offered me, but also in terms of my sense of personal identity as an artist and theatre-maker, navigating the industry…The sense of inclusion, acceptance and welcome I’ve felt here at Ensemble has been second to none. It is these relationships that create that sense of warmth and family that is so elusive and so instrumental to the experience of an emerging director.”
Priscilla Jackman, Sandra Bates Director’s Awards recipient 2016