Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Royal Court, The Sixteen, the National Theatre 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 2016, the Foundation celebrated its 15th Anniversary. The digital version of the anniversary book includes an overview of the projects the foundation has supported over the past 15 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:
The Genesis Foundation’s commission of a new Stabat mater, written by James MacMillan and performed by The Sixteen premiered at the Barbican in October 2016 and received outstanding critical acclaim. The Times declared: “It’s not often that the composer of a new work gets a standing ovation, but then every new work isn’t like James MacMillan’s Stabat mater for chorus and string orchestra.” The CD was Gramophone’s Recording of the Month in May 2017.
Eight alumni of Genesis Sixteen joined the cast of All the Angels, Nick Drake’s comedy at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse.
Genesis Future Directors Award winner Lucy Skillbeck directed genre-defying play The Bear / The Proposal at the Young Vic, starring Le Gateau Chocolat, to great public acclaim. Genesis Future Directors Award winner Nancy Medina will direct The Yellowman in November 2017.
The Genesis Foundation announced in November 2016 the appointment of its 25th Genesis LAMDA Scholar: Stuart Thompson.