Genesis Foundation

Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Almeida Theatre, LAMDA, the National Theatre, The Sixteen and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.


Latest News

7 January 2020

The next Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic is to be director Jennifer Tang. Jennifer is 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…

10 December 2019

2019 Highlights The Edinburgh International Festival presented the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Le grand Inconnu in August. Commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, this large-scale choral symphony (No.5) based on the Holy Spirit was performed by its dedicatees Harry Christophers…

4 December 2019

The Genesis Foundation has partnered with Hackney Council to commission a new public artwork which will act as an expression of the Windrush Generation’s contribution to the life of Hackney and the UK, and symbolise the continuing commitment from the…

28 November 2019

The Sixteen’s young artists’ programme Genesis Sixteen will continue its association with opera company and homeless charity Streetwise Opera with three performances of After Winter, based on Schubert’s Winterreise, in July 2020. Performing After Winter with Genesis Sixteen will be…

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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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