The Genesis Foundation is delighted to announce that director Carrie Cracknell has been appointed as the new Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic, starting in April 2012. Over the next two years, the Fellowship will enable Carrie to work closely with Artistic Director David Lan to develop her craft, and mentor directors on the Young Vic Directors Programme.
Speaking of her new role, Carrie says, “The energy, invention, verve and soul of the Young Vic have long been an inspiration to me, and I have always wanted to be involved in the work of this unique building. As a director, I gained so much from the Young Vic Directors Programme, and the opportunities it gave me to experiment and hone my craft were invaluable. I am thrilled now, to be involved at the very heart of the artistic life of the building, and to work alongside the next generation of emerging directors.”
David Lan says, “Carrie Cracknell is already a powerful and original theatrical presence. She is also an experienced artistic director and we're delighted to welcome her to the team. We are extremely grateful to the Genesis Foundation and are thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with them.”
In her first project as a Genesis Fellow, Carrie will team up with writer Simon Stephens and designer Ian MacNeil to direct a new version of Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century classic, A Doll’s House, which runs from 29 June to 26 July.
Carrie is the second recipient of the Genesis Fellowship. Her appointment follows that of Joe Hill-Gibbins in 2010.
John Studzinski, Founder & Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, says: “I’m delighted that Carrie Cracknell is to be the new Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic as I’ve long admired her work as artistic director of the Gate Theatre. The unique mix that the Genesis Fellowship offers of allowing someone to learn and develop their skills while simultaneously passing on their knowledge to others perfectly encapsulates so much of what defines the Genesis Foundation. We all look forward to following Carrie’s time at the Young Vic, not least her upcoming production of A Doll’s House.”
Carrie Cracknell was formerly artistic director of the Gate Theatre (2007–2011), where her productions included Elektra (a co-production with the Young Vic), Breathing Irregular, Hedda, I Am Falling, Armageddon, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents. Other directing credits include Dolls (National Theatre of Scotland), Stacy (The Tron, Glasgow), A Mobile Thriller (National Tour and The Harbourfront, Toronto) and Broken Road (winner of a 2005 Edinburgh Fringe First Award).
Watch out for an exclusive interview with Carrie on the Genesis Foundation website soon.
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