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Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski CBE in 2001. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has donated a total of more than £20 million to the arts. Through its funding and partnership model, it has enabled opportunities for thousands of young artists in theatre and music, building both their experience and their resilience.

The Foundation’s main focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Young Vic, National Theatre, Almeida Theatre and The Sixteen, and on training programmes that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional. In 2020, it launched the Covid-19 Artists Fund, an Emergency response to help freelancers facing hardship, and the £1 million Genesis Kickstart Fund, to create future-facing projects for outstanding freelance talent in the creative sector across the UK.


Latest News

23 June 2022

Nancy Medina, 2017 recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, has been named the new Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic. She will take over from Tom Morris in Spring 2023.  Originally from New York, Nancy has lived in Bristol…

16 June 2022

On Saturday 2 July, Genesis Foundation partner The Sixteen will premiere three new Genesis Foundation commissions, joined by amateur singers from across the UK in their concert, Writing for Voices, at St Stephen Walbrook in London.   The performance will be the…

27 April 2022

Mentorship from established authors, bursaries of up to £1,500 and an event at London’s longest-running literary festival are among the features of the second annual Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers’ Programme – with applications now open. The Programme is…

8 April 2022

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“The Genesis Foundation is about sustained engagement, not one-off giving. I’m most proud of the integrity of our partnerships and the people we work with.”

– John Studzinski CBE, Founder & Chairman, Genesis Foundation

In 10 or 20 year’s time, almost every theatre director who have come through the mainstream of London theatre particularly, will have been enabled by John”

– Rufus Norris, Artistic Director, National Theatre

“My collaborations with John Studzinski through the Genesis Foundation and Harry Christophers’ great choir The Sixteen have become some of the most fruitful artistic experiences in my life.”

– Sir James MacMillan

“Without the constant and abundant support of the Genesis Foundation and John Studzinski, the contemporary choral repertoire would be much less vibrant”

– Harry Christophers CBE, Founder & Conductor, The Sixteen

Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Genesis Foundation, the Directors Program at the Young Vic has been training ambitious, experimental people from underserved communities for two decades and then gifting them to the profession, making it more representative, more risk-positive and a more collegial work environment.”

– Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Young Vic

“All seven writers have demonstrated their ability to think big, engaging with unusual, imaginative and formally innovative ideas. We can’t wait to guide them over the next year and to see what they produce and are hugely grateful to the Genesis Foundation for giving us this opportunity.”

– Rupert Goold, Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre


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