Natalie Abrahami named new Genesis Fellow and Associate Director at Young Vic
Thursday, 2 May 2013
The Genesis Foundation is delighted to announce that the Young Vic has appointed theatre director Natalie Abrahami as its new Genesis Fellow and Associate Director. Natalie is the third Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic, and begins her tenure in late April 2013, as a successor to Carrie Cracknell, with whom she co-ran the Gate Theatre from 2007-2012.
The Genesis Fellowship is a two-year grant that enables its recipient to work closely with artistic director David Lan as they continue to develop their craft as a theatre director. The Genesis Foundation funds the two-year Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.
Natalie Abrahami is the former co-artistic director of the Gate Theatre. In 2005 she won the James Menzies-Kitchin Trust Award for Young Directors. Her past work in theatre includes After Miss Julie (Young Vic), Parallax (Almeida), Yerma, Women in Love, The Kreutzer Sonata and Vanya (Gate), Pericles (Regent’s Park), Guardians (Hightide), The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court), Play and Not I (BAC), and Headlong’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK tour).
Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production of A Doll’s House, for which she received an Evening Standard Award nomination, had two sold-out runs at the Young Vic. She has recently been appointed Associate Director at the Royal Court, and she makes her ENO debut in May with a staging of Alban Berg’s 20th-century masterpiece Wozzeck.
David Lan, Artistic Director at the Young Vic commented:
“I am delighted to welcome Natalie back to the Young Vic. After Miss Julie demonstrated her powers as a director. I know it was just one illustration of what she will go on to achieve as a major artists of the theatre. I’m deeply thankful to the Genesis Foundation for their long term support, enabling us to keep some of the very brightest talents right at the creative heart of the Young Vic.”
John Studzinski, chairman and founder of the Genesis Foundation commented:
“We’re very pleased that Natalie Abrahami is to be the new Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic. Natalie will follow Carrie Cracknell and Joe Hill-Gibbins on the programme, which has given these gifted young directors the chance to direct full-scale productions at the Young Vic. Natalie is an equally impressive talent and we all look forward with great interest to seeing her work in the coming year.”
The Genesis Foundation is a UK-based charity established in 2001 by John Studzinski. It nurtures and develops artistic excellence in collaboration with leading organisations working in the fields of music, theatre, dance and the visual arts by funding specially created programmes that support young directors, playwrights and choral singers. The Foundation’s established partners are: the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic.