Genesis Foundation

Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation supports programmes that nurture the careers of outstanding young artists. In partnership with leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Almeida Theatre, LAMDA, National Theatre, Young Vic and The Sixteen, it provides and enhances opportunities for directors, playwrights, actors and musicians at key stages in their professional lives. It also awards the bi-annual Genesis Prize, the only arts award to focus on mentors and the vital role they play in an artist’s development.

The Foundation’s work is increasingly characterised by the theme of art & faith. Recent highlights include the performance in the Sistine Chapel of James MacMillan’s Stabat mater which, along with several other pieces by MacMillan, numbers among the 25 sacred music works that the Genesis Foundation has commissioned.  These have been performed and recorded primarily by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.


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Genesis Foundation News

3 July 2020

Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme for 18-23 year olds, has announced its 10th cohort. Supported by the Genesis Foundation, Genesis Sixteen aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. It is currently in its ninth…

3 July 2020

Anthony Lau spent a year as Laboratory Associate Director at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and trained as a director at LAMDA, on the Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme and at the National Theatre Studio. Credits as Director include The Shadow…

25 June 2020

Sofía Clausse was born in Argentina in 1989, grew up in Portugal, and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA. She is an artist currently doing a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy Schools in London.…

18 June 2020

Rufus Norris is Director of the National Theatre, and a former Genesis Director at the Young Vic. Rufus' productions for the National have included The Amen Corner, Everyman,, The Threepenny Opera, London Road, Mosquitoes, and Small Island. Outside of…

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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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