The Genesis Foundation has supported the Young Vic for nearly twenty years and currently funds the two-year Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Network and the Genesis Future Directors Awards. The Genesis Foundation’s contribution has enabled the Young Vic to develop programmes which give young directors rounded, varied and multi-layered training.
The aim of the Genesis Foundation’s support is that these directors should emerge from their experience at the Young Vic technically confident, grounded in their craft and able to realise their creative vision.
Genesis Future Directors Award
The Genesis Future Directors Award nurtures and develops emerging young directors by providing them with an invaluable opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first, fully-resourced production at the Young Vic without the scrutiny of the media. Dadiow Lin is the 2019 Genesis Future Directors Award winner.
Past recipients of Genesis Future Directors Awards include Dadiow Lin (2019), Caitriona Shoobridge (2019), Lekan Lawal (2018), Debbie Hannan (2018), John R. Wilkinson (2017), Nancy Medina (2017), Leo J Skilbeck (2016), Bryony Shanahan (2016), Ola Ince (2015), Rikki Henry (2015), Tinuke Craig (2014), Finn Beames (2014), Matthew Xia (2013), Ben Kidd (2012).
Watch our short film to find out more about the Genesis Future Directors Award.
The Genesis Fellowship is a two-year grant that enables its recipient to work closely with Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah as they continue to develop their craft as a theatre director. The current Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic is Jennifer Tang, an award-winning theatre-maker and stage director specialising in making new work across multiple disciplines. Her practice spans new writing, devised work and theatre with music and she has extensive experience of working with communities and young people.
Jennifer will take over the role of Genesis Fellow in April 2020 from Nadia Latif who concludes her tenure at the Young Vic with the sell-out, acclaimed production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview.
Discussing the Genesis Fellowship, Jennifer Tang says:
‘I first fell in love with the Young Vic in 2010, when the theatre gave me my very first opportunity as a young director through their brilliant Taking Part department. I’m so thrilled to be part of this building in a new phase of its life; to help programme and champion a diverse range of work from exceptional artists, and to support the development of the next generation of directors, storytellers and audiences through the Director’s Program. It’s such an honour to be given this opportunity; I can’t wait to get started.‘
Past Genesis Fellows include: Nadia Latif (Fairview, My England), Gbolahan Obisesan (Cuttin’ It and Sus, 2016), Natalie Abrahami (Wings, Happy Days and Ah, Wilderness!, 2014), Carrie Cracknell (Macbeth co-directed with Lucy Guerin, 2012) and Joe Hill-Gibbins (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, 2010).
Watch the below short film to find out more about the Genesis Fellowship.
Genesis Directors Network
Formed in 2004 as part of the Genesis Foundation’s involvement with the Young Vic, the Genesis Directors Network is an online resource that has since become an invaluable forum for members of the Directors Programme to share their experiences and seek advice nationwide.
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 of finding 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 1,000 members, with more people joining all the time.
Read more about Genesis Directors Network here.