Working with the leaders of some of the UK’s most prestigious and progressive arts and educational organisations, the Genesis Foundation creates and supports programmes that nurture and develop exceptional young artists.
The Genesis Scholars at LAMDA, the internationally renowned drama school in West London, have their tuition funded by the Genesis Foundation throughout the three years of their academic course, and they also receive a contribution to their living costs. Many former Genesis Scholars now enjoy thriving careers acting in film, television and the theatre.
Royal Court Theatre
Since 2001 the Genesis Foundation has furthered the relationship that John Studzinski established with the Royal Court Theatre in 1997 with the aim of supporting its groundbreaking work with emerging International playwrights. Over the years the theatre’s International Department has encouraged creative dialogue with hundreds of playwrights and theatre-makers around the world.
Central to the Genesis Foundation’s collaboration with professional choral group The Sixteen is its funding of Genesis Sixteen. The aim of this unique training programme is to nurture talented young voices, bridging the gap between life as a student and as a professional singer.
The Genesis Foundation also commissions new choral pieces from leading young composers, which are then premiered and recorded by The Sixteen.
The Genesis Foundation is pleased to be entering a partnership with the National Theatre supporting Rufus Norris in the development of new forms of music theatre work in the UK. The Genesis Music Theatre Group will be a key part of the National’s New Work Department. More details to be announced in the autumn.
The Young Vic in London is increasingly recognised as the UK’s key theatre for young directors who are developing their art. The Genesis Foundation has funded the Genesis Directors Programme at the Young Vic since 2003 and currently supports the theatre’s work through the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award.
Signature Theatre is New York’s leading centre for new writing. The Theatre’s innovative Residency Five programme guarantees a group of playwrights three new productions over the course of a five-year residency. In 2015, the Genesis Foundation began funding the programme, supporting these playwrights over a two-year period.