Genesis Foundation prize winner George Turvey commissions new short film by Josh Barrow 

A photo of John Studzinski and George Turvey. They are both dressed in smart attire, stood in a grand-looking room, and smiling at the camera.

George Turvey, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Papatango Theatre Company and winner of the 2022 Genesis Foundation Prize, is using part of his Genesis prize money to commission a short film to celebrate 15 years of the Papatango New Writing Prize (the UK’s biggest playwriting award). 

Actor and writer Josh Barrow, whose script narrowly missed the New Writing Prize shortlist, has been awarded £2,500 by Papatango to create a 10-minute film in partnership with producer Phil Temple at Birdie Pictures, for release in 2024. 

The Genesis Foundation Prize, which recognises an outstanding mentor of young artistic talent, was awarded to George Turvey in 2022. George said: “[I’m] so delighted to be able to offer this extra opportunity this year […]. All made possible through the support of the wonderful Genesis Foundation Prize.” 

Described by the Evening Standard as a “remarkable unearther of new talent”, George, along with colleague Chris Foxon, established the Papatango New Writing Prize in 2009. Since then, it has provided a launchpad for an impressive roster of artists who would not otherwise have found a pathway into theatre, attracting more annual entries than any other playwriting award in the UK and discovering future winners of Oliviers, BAFTAs, Royal National Theatre Foundation, Critics’ Circle, Alfred Fagon and OffWestEnd awards. 

Read more about this year’s Papatango New Writing Prize 

Find out more about the Genesis Foundation Prize 

Royal Academy of Arts announces Genesis Future Curators 

Gabriel Jamroz and Natasha Fyffe stood in front of the Royal Academy building.

The Royal Academy of Arts has announced the first two curators joining the Genesis Future Curators Programme.

Chosen from over 450 applicants, Natasha Fyffe and Gabriel Jamroz will begin 2-year full-time paid positions at the RA this week, with Natasha working in the Exhibitions team and Gabriel in Collections.

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a 1st class honours degree in English and History of Art (BA), Natasha went on to complete an MA in Museum and Art Gallery Studies at the University of Manchester while working at Leeds Art Gallery and Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire.

Gabriel studied Art History and Curating (BA) at Birkbeck, University of London before working in curation at the Charles Dickens Museum and the Museum of Brands.

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation said: “What makes the Royal Academy so unique is its embedded, outstanding culture of mentoring. Rebecca Salter, PRA, a previous winner of the Genesis Foundation Prize, is a mentoring role model in this industry. As Genesis Future Curators, Natasha and Gabriel will benefit from her training and mentoring, working within a visionary organisation.”

Find out more about the Genesis Future Curators Programme

The new cohort of Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays writers for 2023-2025

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The Genesis Foundation and Almeida Theatre have announced the newest cohort of their Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme, a two-year programme that supports emerging and mid-career writers to develop new plays for larger stages.

The Genesis Almeida Writers for 2023-2025 are Georgia BruceShahid Iqbal Khan, Martha LoaderNikhil Parmar, Eoghan Quinn and Kirsty Rider.

The aim of the programme is to provide a springboard for writers to expand the scale, scope and ambition of their work and to create plays of wide cultural resonance.  

The newest cohort will be given the space and time to experiment with form and scale. Each writer on the programme is commissioned to develop one new play and will be given dramaturgical support from the Almeida’s Literary Manager and artistic team. The writers will also attend twelve masterclasses led by established British and international playwrights, directors, designers and other creatives, and be given a five-day R&D workshop to develop their commission.

Founder & Chairman of the Genesis Foundation John Studzinski CBE said, “The Genesis Foundation works with its partners to identify specific areas of artistic development that need support. On Rupert Goold’s recommendation, we saw the opportunity to fund a programme at the Almeida for writers who are at the stage in their careers when they are ready to tackle big, complex subjects for the main stage.  Rupert and his team provide commissions, and invaluable mentoring and networking support for writers on the Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme which is now in its third year.”

Find out more about the programme

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2023-24 Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers

A female-led retelling of Ivanhoe, poems on the queer Scottish experience and an investigation of Henry Kissinger’s wartime experiences are among the projects selected for the third annual Genesis Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers Programme.

Covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the 10 selected writers will receive bursaries, mentoring from established writers, seminars and peer support over the next 10 months, culminating in a special event at Kings Place, London, for Jewish Book Week 2024.

The emerging writers in the fiction category are: Bradford-based Mariyam Karolia with short stories and poems on childlessness; Susan Royston with The House in Mile End, a novel inspired by a box of 1920s love letters; Sean Gilbert with I’ll Be The Monster, a crime story that interrogates the reader’s attraction to that genre; and Harriet Matthews with Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe from the viewpoint of Rebecca, also serving as an examination of Anglo-Jewish history. Their mentors will be million-selling novelist Julie Cohen, Ondaatje Prize winner Ruth Gilligan, thriller writer Adam Lebor and Booker nominee Sophie Mackintosh.

The non-fiction mentees are: Eleanor Thom, who will reflect on the concept of interdependence from her point of view as a mother and carer; Angus Reilly on Kissinger as a refugee, soldier, concentration camp liberator and intelligence officer in the Second World War; and Sharon Kanolik on multicultural identities and growing up Jewish in rural Dorset. Their mentors will be comedian and bestseller Viv Groskop, biographer and journalist Keiron Pim and historian Helen Fry.

In the poetry strand the selected writers are: Glasgow-based Beth Frieden, who writes in English and Gaelic; Evie Ward with a work of poetry and auto-fiction about what it means to write now; and Michael Mullen, delving into his experience of growing up queer, working class and Scottish. Their mentors will be writer and International Booker-shortlisted translator Jen Calleja, Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner Michael Pedersen and novelist and poet Sarah Blake.

Cohen, author of Bad Men and Spirited, said: “At a time when funding and support for the arts is shrinking, programmes like this are even more valuable to help the next generation of writers. I love helping new writers and I always feel that I learn a lot myself.”

Fellow mentor Blake, whose poetry and novels include In Springtime and Naamah, added: “Since I read Evie Ward’s work, I haven’t been able to get one of her lines out of my head: ‘I sat with the mould over my head, it was mine. I inherited it.’ I’m so excited to hear what her goals are and help her to reach them in any way I can.”

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Jewish Book Week’s Emerging Writers Programme. Now in its third year, this Genesis programme is going from strength to strength. The quality and diversity of writers and mentors, of themes tackled and genres explored is impressive and many talented writers have already come through the programme. It also thrives on developing strong mentor-mentee relationships, which is at the centre of the Genesis Foundation’s work. We look forward to seeing this new cohort develop, with the support and commitment of their superb mentors and the excellent team at Jewish Book Week.”

Emerging writers from the two previous years of the programme have recently achieved a range of milestones. Linda Ford‘s debut collection Lucent was published in the autumn and Arts Council England (ACE) is funding research and development for a new poetry sequence. Philip Glassborow’s musical One Kid, Two Farthings, based on Wolf Mankowitz’s A Kid For Two Farthings, is to be performed in conjunction with the Museum of London’s next major exhibition Fashion City. Helen Bain was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2023. Fiona Monahan has completed her book, including a foreword by her mentor, biographer Caroline Moorehead. Madeleine Dunnigan is now represented by Emma Paterson at Aitken Alexander and a draft of her book was a finalist for the Mslexia First Novel Award 2023. Oakley Flanagan’s G&T was published by Out-Spoken Press this summer. Aaaron Taylor won a 2023 Churchill Fellowship for his research and is now represented by Natasha Fairweather at RCW. And Cambridge University Press is publishing E.K. Myerson’s The Desire for “Syria” in Medieval England.

Find out more about the programme

Charlie Perry announced as 2023/24 Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar

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The Genesis Foundation and The Sixteen are pleased to announce Charlie Perry as their 2023/24 Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar.

Charlie is a conductor and singer from London. Since graduating from the University of Manchester with First Class honours, he has been working in the Northwest across a wide variety of musical projects, most notably as Director of Music at the Manchester Oratory, Musical Director of Stafford Choral Society and Assistant Conductor of Stockport Youth Orchestra. He also frequently delivers workshops for adults and children on behalf of groups including The Hallé and Manchester Collective, most recently preparing the children’s chorus for the latter’s production of Noah’s Flood at the Manchester International Festival.

The conducting scholarship offers young conductors the opportunity to be mentored by The Sixteen’s conductor Harry Christophers and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, as well as the chance to work with some of the best young ensemble singers in the country.

Charlie will lead rehearsals with this year’s Genesis Sixteen cohort, which was announced last month, as well as singing with the choir, and conducting several pieces in performances throughout the year. This includes Choral Evensong on 13 July at St Alban-the-Martyr Church in Holborn, London, which will be recorded for BBC Radio 3 Broadcast.

Find out more about the scholarship.

Matt Armstrong joins the Genesis Foundation’s Board of Trustees

Matt Armstrong leaning against the rail of a balcony which sits above the 'National Theatre' sign on the side of the theatre building.

The Genesis Foundation is pleased to announce that Matt Armstrong has joined its Board of Trustees, effective 30 June 2023. 

Matt is Head of Policy at the National Theatre, helping to lead the theatre’s relationships with Government. He is a Trustee of award-winning theatre company Wise Children, and The Curious School of Puppetry, which trains the next generation of puppeteers. 

His prior roles include Chair of science-inspired theatre company curious directive, and positions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kneehigh Theatre. He holds an MA in English Literature, with a specialism in Shakespeare, from the University of Warwick, and is currently studying for an MBA from the University of Exeter.  

Matt Armstrong said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be joining the Board of the Genesis Foundation. I loved working alongside John, Harriet and the team in a past role at the National Theatre, and it is a treat to be able to continue doing so as a Trustee. The Foundation has supported extraordinary programmes at some of my favourite arts organisations, and I cannot wait to assist the Foundation in helping them to develop emerging artists whose work entertains, inspires and challenges us.”

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said: “Matt has been instrumental in setting up the Genesis Music Theatre Programme, launching our first ever partnership with the National Theatre. He’s impressed the team from the very beginning with his sharp insight into the industry, his dedication and passion for the sector. I am delighted to welcome Matt as a Trustee and I look forward to working with him in this new phase of development for the Genesis Foundation.”

Genesis Kickstart Fund project activity | May – Jun

The image is split into three. On the left side is Dancer Tala Lee-Turton and cellist Roxanna Albayati sat on a wooden box in front of a navy blue backdrop. Tala is wearing ballet shoes and a white dress, sat to the right of Roxanna, who is wearing a beige jumpsuit, playing a cello. In the middle is a close up of an actor wearing a white lab coat in a brightly lit room, looking to the side with a thoughtful expression. On the right side is a dancer in white ballet tights and a brown cardigan kneeling on a floor. The dancer is looking at the floor with a sad expression.

Images: Here Lies (Tala Lee-Turton, Photo: Zavod Studio), Recovery in Vision (Outside Edge Theatre Company), Orbits (Birds of Paradise Theatre Company)


Orbits | Birds of Paradise Theatre Company 

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company premiered new film Orbits at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh last month. 

Featuring Portuguese dancer Diana Niepce, the piece explores the experience of losing things close to, and how this change affects our experience of ourselves. 

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company will be announcing future screening dates of the film soon. 

Stay informed 

Here Lies | Tala Lee-Turton  

The next iteration of Here Lies, a 10-minute ballet/ physical theatre duet between a dancer and a cellist, will take place as part of a dance-based triple bill this Autumn. 

Produced and performed by dancer and creative producer Tala Lee-Turton, Here Lies is a collaboration with Sheffield General Cemetery, exploring the unrecorded lives of women buried in the cemetery. Tala’s creative team features choreographer Krystal S. Lowe and cellist Roxanna Albayati

The piece will form Act II of the triple bill, titled parler femme, which is themed around celebrating innovative and inspiring stories about women. 

An open dress rehearsal takes place at Production Park, South Kirkby on 6 November, before premiering at Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds on 9 November. The piece will then move to Sheffield Theatres on 11 November, and finally The Civic, Barnsley on 25 April 2024. 

Read more about parler femme 

Visual Arts 

Acme Alternative Pathway Awards | Acme 

An exhibition of works by three Acme Alternative Pathway Awards recipients is taking place at Unit 1 Gallery in London from 15-24 June. 

Supported by the Genesis Kickstart Fund, the Acme Alternative Pathway Awards aim to support artists that are within their first five years of practice and are from groups currently underrepresented in the arts.  

Curated by artist Shamica Ruddock, Time, Labour, Process will showcase works by Dita Hashi, Elora Kadir and Natasha Muluswela

Find out more and book tickets for Time, Labour, Process


Recovery in Vision | Outside Edge Theatre Company 

Two short films have been released as part of Recovery in Vision, a project run by Outside Edge Theatre Company which supports 12 participants affected by addiction in writing, producing and editing their own short film about recovery. 

Made in collaboration with TEA films, the two films titled The Choice and The Hurricane are available to watch on Outside Edge Theatre Company’s YouTube channel. 

Watch The Choice 

Watch The Hurricane 

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The Sixteen announces the 13th cohort of Genesis Sixteen  

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The Genesis Foundation and The Sixteen are pleased to announce the names of the 22 young singers who will join Genesis Sixteen’s 13th cohort this autumn.  

Supported by the Genesis Foundation, Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ programme for 18-23-year-olds which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers.  Now entering its 13th year, Genesis Sixteen is the UK’s first ever fully funded programme of its kind and this year. Participants, of which there are now more than 250 throughout its history, have gone on to perform, record and tour across the world with professional groups, including The Sixteen.  

The new cohort are: 

Sopranos Altos Tenors Basses 
Juliette Ashman  Carys Barnes Marcus Burton Harry Brookes-Owen 
Ella Blair Toluwani Idowu  Nathan Green Freddie Ingles  
Anna Grieve Morgen Michel Alex Kirkland Kevin John  
Hope Marna Lucy Ormrod Daniel Marles Matthew Pandya 
Alice Martin Laura Louise Toomey Rhys Williams Allyn Wu 
Ruby Skilbeck    
Lizi Vineall     

The new Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar is Charlie Perry.

During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan, who provide one-to-one coaching to the singers. Participants also receive group tuition, individual mentoring, one-per-part consort training from members of The Sixteen and masterclasses run by some of the world’s top vocal experts. Support from the Genesis Foundation means participants receive free tuition and a bursary to cover all additional costs. The current cohort of Genesis Sixteen will culminate their training the day after the Sounds Sublime Festival – The Sixteen’s annual showcase of young choral talent –  with a performance of two 40-part motets, Tallis’ monumental Spem In Alium and David Bednall’s moving Lux orta est iusto, at Kings Place, London, alongside Genesis Sixteen alumni (Sunday 16 July).   

Harry Christophers CBE, Founder & Conductor of The Sixteen and Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen said: “While the arts in this country are facing constant cuts and uncertainty, Genesis Sixteen gives us more than a glimmer of hope for the future. We cannot thank John Studzinski and the Genesis Foundation enough for having the vision and determination to help us make this programme the success story it is. This will be the [thirteenth] year of Genesis Sixteen and we have assembled another excellent group of singers from all walks of life and backgrounds. Both Eamonn and I feel a buzz of excitement at each new intake. Allowing personalities to develop and express themselves through their singing and to communicate to everyone around them without inhibition is at the forefront of what we are about – the rewards are plentiful. But above all, singing is fun, it’s collaborative and with Genesis Sixteen lifelong friendships are created. With Genesis Sixteen there is most definitely a future. 

John Studzinski CBE, Founder & Chairman of the Genesis Foundation said: “More than 250 singers have now participated in Genesis Sixteen since this ground-breaking programme began 12 years ago. Our initial goal was to identify and nurture young artists with potential and provide them with world-class mentoring and training. To say the programme has surpassed our expectations is an understatement. Seeing the heights these singers and conductors reach as they graduate from Genesis Sixteen is a testament to their talent and passion and to the quality of the mentorship provided by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. At a time of crisis for the choral tradition in the UK, we are delighted to see this programme flourish as it does.” 

In training the choral singers of tomorrow, The Sixteen is committed to reflecting the diversity of our present-day society in each new cohort of Genesis Sixteen. This year marks the beginning of new partnerships with London Youth Choirs and the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, offering young diverse singers in London and Leeds the opportunity to develop their skills and discover pathways into the industry. This programme will predominantly be for young people from under-represented groups within the industry, and there are plans to expand this programme to communities across the UK in the coming years. 

“I’m so looking forward to meeting everyone in this year’s cohort, and to singing with an amazing group of musicians under Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan.” 

Toluwani Idowu, Alto

“I’m most looking forward to learning from some inspirational musicians, not only Harry and Eamonn, but also the other singers on the course. Having spent so much time blitzing through music in the hour before it is due to be performed in a church service, I am also really looking forward to the opportunity to work on some music in greater detail and explore how my voice fits into a different choral context.”

Lizi Vineall, Soprano

Singer Kevin John stood outside, wearing a sports top, smiling at the camera.

“I’m still at an early stage of my musical development, so I’m really looking forward to absorbing the knowledge and experience of the musicians we get to work under. Whilst I’ve sung in ensembles before, I really like how we’ll get to intimately work on different passages and appreciate the variety of ways we can approach phrases.” 

Kevin John, Bass

Learn more about this year’s cohort

Read more about the Genesis Sixteen programme

Genesis Sixteen alumni perform at the Coronation of His Majesty the King 

A wide shot of several rows of choral singers inside Westminster Abbey. The rows of singers are facing each other, holding scores and singing out. In the centre at one end of the singers is Andre Nethsinga, who is conducting.

(Andrew Nethsinga, The Choir of Westminster Abbey His Majesty’s Chapel Royal & St James’s Palace Singers)

Nine alumni from Genesis Sixteen, the Genesis Foundation and The Sixteen’s choral music programme, performed in His Majesty the King’s Coronation service on 6 May. 

In the Coronation’s pre-service, seven alumni performed with the Monteverdi Choir, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Samantha Cobb (Cohort 5, Soprano), Jack Comerford (Cohort 4, Bass), Hilary Cronin (Cohort 5, Soprano), Jonathan Hanley (Cohort 6, Tenor), Charlotte La Thrope (Cohort 2, Soprano), Timothy Morgan (Cohort 3, Countertenor) and Daisy Walford (Cohort 2, Soprano) performed three pieces by Bach with the choir alongside the English Baroque Soloists

Two alumni sang with choirs in the main service under the direction of Andrew Nethsingha. Tristram Cooke (Cohort 5, Countertenor) performed with The Choir of Westminster Abbey, whilst Alexander Hume (Cohort 8, Tenor) sang with His Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace Singers

The two choirs were joined by girl choristers from the Chapel Choir of Methodist College, Belfast, and Truro Cathedral Choir. Their performances included works by some of the Genesis Foundation’s earliest commissioned composers: Roxanna Panufnik’s ‘Coronation Sanctus’, Roderick Williams’s ‘Be Thou my Vision – Triptych for Orchestra’ and Tarik O’Regan’s ‘Agnus Dei’. 

Supported by the Genesis Foundation, Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme for 18-23-year-olds which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. Now entering its 13th year, Genesis Sixteen is the UK’s first ever fully funded programme of its kind. Participants, of which there are now more than 250, have gone on to perform, record and tour with professional groups, including The Sixteen.  

Watch the Coronation pre-service or listen on BBC Sounds 

Watch the Coronation service 

Find out more about the Genesis Sixteen programme 

Genesis Theatre Design Programme’s first cohort begins its training

Gbolahan Obisesan, ULTZ, Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey and John Studzinski stood in formal attire inside a grand-looking room, smiling at the camera.

(Gbolahan Obisesan, ULTZ, Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey and John Studzinski. CR. Adrian Myers)

Six people with no previous formal training in performance design have been chosen from more than 50 applicants for the pilot Genesis Theatre Design Programme and have begun their studies. 

A new iteration of the renowned Motley Theatre Design Course which ran as a one-year full time programme from 1966 to 2010, the Genesis Theatre Design Programme is a free, two-year part-time course which will train and support six designers with the aim of increasing global majority representation among theatre designers in the industry, expanding the pipeline of talent and opening more career opportunities.  

It is a partnership between the Mulberry Creative Industry Training College, the National Theatre, The School of Historical Dress and Brixton House and is funded by the Genesis Foundation and the National Theatre Foundation, with additional support from the James Family Charitable Trust.  

The programme includes tutorials with world-class designers and directors, lectures and research projects with staging and costume experts, design projects with global majority directors and artists, practical training with production and technical staff, placements as assistants to designers, and experience in theatres. Participants will also network with and receive mentoring from leading industry professionals. 

The Genesis Theatre Design Programme is delivered on a part time basis over two years to allow the trainees to keep their current jobs to support their living costs. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings and on Saturdays. Towards the end of the second year of the programme placement opportunities will be sought for the cohort across the industry.   

During induction week in April, the trainees were welcomed by Paul Handley, Head of Production and Technical Director of the National Theatre, who gave them a detailed tour of the National Theatre including the design studio in which they will be studying and working.  This was followed by a site visit to The School of Historical Dress where many of their costume classes will take place, taught by Professor Jenny Tiramani and colleagues. The trainees have also settled into their permanent workshop space at Mulberry UTC. 

The Genesis Theatre Design Programme is led and delivered by Sadeysa Greenway-Bailey, Gbolahan Obisesan and ULTZ, in collaboration with Clint Dyer, Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre, and other industry leaders.  

Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey, Gbolahan Obisesan and ULTZ, course leaders, said, “We have now started the programme after four years of planning. Our first cohort has individuals from many different walks of life, bringing their own experiences, stories and perspectives. We will be developing, stimulating and supporting them on their creative journeys over the next two years of the programme, and for many years to come” 
Theatre designer Es Devlin, alumna from the Motley Theatre Design Course said: “In the theatre, objects and environments can be given voice and invited to sing with performers. Through the care, curiosity, skill and imagination of designers, environments framed by theatre can cast their spell on audiences, and help shift  perspectives in ways most urgently needed in our time of civilisational crisis. The Genesis Theatre Design Course has this knowledge at its roots: I look forward to witnessing its first cohort flourish, and to learning from them while supporting their progress.” 

David Lan, Trustee of the Genesis Foundation, said: “The Genesis Theatre Design Programme is a rebirth of a much valued tradition and, at the same time, the start of something new.  Whether ‘the space’ of performance is empty or filled, theatre design is at the heart of theatre, is as expressive of meaning and feeling quite as much as acting or directing. Huge appreciation to Paul Handley, ULTZ, the Mulberry School and Genesis for keeping the faith during the long dark covid winter – and welcome to this happy coming together in the spring” 

Mark Dakin, Trustee of the Genesis Theatre Design Programme, said: “Ever since working as an assistant alongside resident designers at Stratford East and The Young Vic in the 1980s and in The Model Room of The Royal Opera House in the 1990s, I have understood and advocated the value of design based training for the full breadth of backstage crafts in the performing arts, live experience and beyond. I am in no doubt of the profound impact The Genesis Theatre Design Course will have on the institution in which it is based and the sector more widely and I’m thrilled at the prospect of the worlds of the stories which are told on our stages being seen through more representative eyes.” 

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said “For more than 20 years, the Genesis Foundation has been investing in the careers of exceptional creative professionals, enabling them to develop their skills, networks and resilience. At the National Theatre, the Genesis Music Theatre Programme has been running successfully since 2017. We look forward to see the first ever cohort of the Genesis Theatre Design Programme through their training, which will nurture outstanding talent while addressing a striking imbalance in the creative industries, to benefit from two years of mentorship from some of the UK’s leading design professionals. Structured, collaborative programmes like this are vital to the UK’s cultural sector, ensuring that it thrives and that it leads by example when it comes to innovation, professionalism and representation.” .  

Find out more about the Genesis Theatre Design Programme