Established by John Studzinski 15 years ago, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

In addition it awards scholarships to exceptional student actors at LAMDA and commissions stimulating new works, from choral compositions to light installations.

In 2015 the Genesis Foundation launched its first partnership outside the UK, funding residencies for playwrights at New York’s Signature Theatre.

In 2011, the Foundation celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The digital version of the anniversary book includes an overview of the projects the foundation has supported over the past 10 years.

“The idea behind Genesis is very much about nurturing young artists. It’s not about sponsoring individual plays or art shows. It boils down to someone showing trust in you, mentoring you and developing you.”

John Studzinski, Founder & Chairman, Genesis Foundation

Recent successes and projects:

Theatre director Gbolahan Obisesan was appointed Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic and Rikki Henry won the 2015 Genesis Future Directors Award.

Genesis Sixteen performed at James MacMillan’s annual Cumnock Tryst Festival.

Genesis Trainee Répétiteur David Doidge worked on major new WNO production I Puritani and accompanied the WNO chorus on its summer tour around England and Wales.

Carys Bowkett was awarded the 2015 Genesis LAMDA scholarship for the three year BA (Hons) course.

Genesis Sixteen celebrated its fifth year in 2015 with its 100th successful applicant. Sarah Latto was appointed the Genesis Conducting Scholar for 2015/16.

Major new partnership with New York’s leading centre for new writing, Signature Theatre, was announced.

Genesis scholar Anna Liber-Lewis‘s paintings showcased at the Royal College of Art’s 2015 graduation show.

Five Genesis Directors, past and present, directed prestigious productions during the Young Vic‘s 2015 season, including the revival of Natalie Abrahami‘s hit-play Happy Days. 

Fireworks,  a new play by International Playwright Dalia Taha opened at the Royal Court Theatre and I See You, a Genesis Project, was announced as part of the Royal Court Theatre’s 60th anniversary season.

Genesis Prize winner Polly Staple presented four major exhibitions at London’s Chisenhale Gallery throughout 2014 and 2015, supporting new commissions by emerging young artists.

The Genesis Foundation launched a Stabat Mater project in 2014, commissioning three composers – Alissa Firsova, Tõnu Kõrvits and Matthew Martin – to write new Stabat Maters. The three works received their world premiere performances by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen at a free lunchtime concert at LSO St Luke’s.  A recording of these works was released on the CORO label.