1 January 2000
The Genesis Foundation funds the two-year Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.
If you would like to learn more or apply for the Directors Programme visit the Young Vic Directors Project site.
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.
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, Founder & Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said:
“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.”
Genesis Directors Network
Formed in 2004 as part of the Genesis Foundation's involvement with the Young Vic, the network has since become an invaluable forum for members of the Directors Programme to share their experiences and seek advice.
Directing can be lonely - particularly in the early stages of a career - and the network encourages a sense of community and peer support amongst its members. It is also an area where they can find information about current activities, opportunities and special ticket offers at the Young Vic.
Independent producers, theatre companies and writers often use the network as a way to find directors for their projects. Theatres - including the Lyric Hammersmith, the Globe and Cheek by Jowl - circulate special offers for free or discounted tickets to shows and events. Annual opportunities such as bursaries, traineeships and masterclasses are also publicised through the network.
The Genesis Directors Network currently consists of over 700 members, with more people joining all the time.
Genesis Future Directors Award
The Genesis Future Directors Award is a major new award established by the Genesis Foundation in 2012 as part of its longstanding partnership with the Young Vic. The Award has been created to nurture emerging young directors by providing them with an invaluable opportunity to explore and develop their craft as they create their first fully resourced production at the theatre.
The first recipient of the Award is Ben Kidd. He will be mentored by Genesis Fellow Carrie Cracknell as he works on his directorial debut for the Young Vic’s Clare Theatre - The Shawl, a suspense drama by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright David Mamet, which runs from 3 to 15 December 2012.
Ben says: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this wonderful, little seen play, which I absolutely love. The Genesis Foundation has given me the freedom - and the challenge! – really to push myself as an artist and experiment. The tremendous financial pressure of establishing oneself as a director can sometimes limit the extent to which one dares to take risks. Genesis is interested in promoting genuine artistic development, not just professional development, which I find very exciting.The Young Vic has always been a unique and invaluable hub for me, and also a leader in bringing truly excellent, soulful, ambitious work to the stage. Many shows I have seen at the Young Vic rank among the truly inspirational. The Genesis Foundation's links with the building have helped to foster that, and I am thrilled to be able to join that conversation.”
John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, says:
“Ben Kidd is a highly skilled young director and we all look forward to following his journey as the first Genesis Future Directors Awardee at the Young Vic. The Genesis Foundation enjoys an ongoing partnership with the theatre and we have shared values in our commitment to provide opportunities for directing talent to shine. For his Young Vic debut, Ben has chosen to direct a new production of The Shawl by one of the heavyweights of the theatre world, David Mamet. It’s not to be missed.”
Genesis Directors Programme: 2003 - 2009
Since March 2003, the Genesis Foundation supported London's innovative Young Vic theatre in creating a programme for emerging directors. This was, and remains to this day, a pioneering initiative with few precedents around the world. A number of alumni from the programme have gone on to produce award-winning work.
The team at the Young Vic, led by Artistic Director David Lan, has made young directors a priority at the company. The Genesis Foundation's contribution enabled the Young Vic to develop a programme which gave young directors a rounded, varied and multi-layered training. The aim was that they should emerge from the programme technically confident, grounded in their craft and able to realise their creative vision. Through workshops, the programme also developed talented young actors, designers, and other technical specialists.
Projects made possible since 2003 by the support of the Genesis Foundation include:
The programme also offered opportunities for young directors to attend performances and to become assistants at various levels in all the major Young Vic productions and sometimes in other theatres.
Genesis Directors, along with other young theatre professionals involved with the programme, have contributed to major Young Vic productions such as Peribanez by Lope de Vega and the new adaptation of Hobson's Choice; these were both sell-out shows in London and Hobson's Choice also toured. During the Young Vic's closure for rebuilding and refurbishment (2004-2006), the young directors were able to mount seasons in 'off-West End' venues, and were also involved with productions in theatres such as the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Barbican. Directors of the stature of Peter Brook and Richard Jones have also been involved with the programme.