Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has donated a total of more than £20 million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience.

The Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional. In 2020, it launched the Covid-19 Artists Fund, an Emergency response to help freelancers facing hardship, and the £1 million Genesis Kickstart Fund, to create future-facing projects for outstanding freelance talent in the creative sector across the UK.


Latest News

27 July 2022

In honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, on 11 October 2022 at the Chapel Royal of Saint Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London, the Genesis Foundation presents A Garland for the Queen. This hour-long choral concert by The…

13 July 2022

A study of dirty money in the art world, poems on the female body in pain and a contemporary update of Thomas Hardy are among the projects that will be explored by the 2022/23 cohort of the Genesis Jewish Book Week…

30 June 2022

The Genesis Foundation is pleased to announce that David Lan has joined its Board of Trustees, effective 30 June 2022, a move which takes a long-established partnership into a new phase. As writer, producer and director, David Lan has won…

28 June 2022

Theatre Creative Exchange | The Mono Box   Creative Exchange, a 2-day festival celebrating cross-disciplinary artistry on stage and screen, will take place on 25 & 26 July at The Kiln Theatre.   Hosted by The Mono Box, emerging artists will have…

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“The Genesis Foundation is about sustained engagement, not one-off giving. I’m most proud of the integrity of our partnerships and the people we work with.”

– John Studzinski CBE, Founder & Chairman, Genesis Foundation

In 10 or 20 year’s time, almost every theatre director who have come through the mainstream of London theatre particularly, will have been enabled by John”

– Rufus Norris, Artistic Director, National Theatre

“My collaborations with John Studzinski through the Genesis Foundation and Harry Christophers’ great choir The Sixteen have become some of the most fruitful artistic experiences in my life.”

– Sir James MacMillan

“Without the constant and abundant support of the Genesis Foundation and John Studzinski, the contemporary choral repertoire would be much less vibrant”

– Harry Christophers CBE, Founder & Conductor, The Sixteen

Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Genesis Foundation, the Directors Program at the Young Vic has been training ambitious, experimental people from underserved communities for two decades and then gifting them to the profession, making it more representative, more risk-positive and a more collegial work environment.”

– Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic

“All seven writers have demonstrated their ability to think big, engaging with unusual, imaginative and formally innovative ideas. We can’t wait to guide them over the next year and to see what they produce and are hugely grateful to the Genesis Foundation for giving us this opportunity.”

– Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre


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