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Artist Opportunities


Trainee Resident Directors

Established by founding artistic director Dan Crawford in 1994, the Kings Head Theatre ran this training programme which won the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2002.

The programme consists of 12-month placements who have the opportunity to work on productions in the theatre, gaining skills as an assistant director. The trainee resident directors also took part in weekly training sessions and was designed for early-career directors who may have had some small scale experience but wished to increase their skills.

The programme was an educational training programme and was undertaken on an unpaid and voluntary basis. It is currently under review, and we are working towards creating a more sustainable and meaningful programme long term. So are currently not taking on new trainees.

Previous Trainee Resident Directors have included;

Katie Mitchell

Michael Longhurst

Tania Azevedo

Aran Cherkez

Amber Sinclair Case

Jamie Armitage

Ben Anderson

James Callas Ball

Alex Jackson

Jenn Davis

Helena Jackson

Jennifer Davis



The King’s Head Theatre have the following programming & award opportunities:

Stella Wilkie Award

East 15 Acting School students studying on the 3-year Contemporary Theatre course present two seasons of new plays each year called the Debut Festival. Debut Spring is text based and Debut Summer is devised work. The King's Head Theatre Artistic Director and Associates attend all plays and choose a winner, who is awarded the King's Head Theatre & East 15 Stella Wilkie Debut Award.

  • 2022 - The Benefits of Disabled Sex by Sonny Howes and Under The Rug Theatre
  • 2020 - Blue Beneath My Skin
  • 2019 - I Lost My Virginity to Chopin's Nocturne in B-Flat Minor
  • 2018 - Splinter by Molly Byrne
  • 2017 - Yvette by Urielle Klein-Mekongo, directed by Meriel Hinsching
  • 2016 - Buzz by Fat Rascal Theatre
  • 2015 - SN1 Wilts by Neo Mothola, directed by Gabrielle Ciambrone 
  • 2014 - A* by Luke Taylor
  • 2013 - Sandpits Avenue


Adrian Pagan Award

Adrian Pagan was a Stage Manager for 10 years before his first play, The Backroom, won the Verity Bargate Award in 1996. The Award was established after his tragic death at the age of 39 to recognise unconventional routes into writing for the stage.

The award ran from 2014 - 2020 and included the following productions;

  • 2014 - Dead Party Animals by Thomas Pickles
  • 2016 - Russian Dolls by Kate Lock
  • 2018 - Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Nessah Muthy
  • 2020 - No Strings Attached by Charles Entsie