Genesis Foundation celebrates today the launch of the Genesis LAMDA Network: providing mentoring and support to LAMDA Students.

25 September 2017

The Genesis Foundation is partnering with LAMDA to fund the new Genesis LAMDA Network that will give final year students mentoring from past graduates on how to succeed in the industry. Available initially to final year students on LAMDA’s BA (Hons) Professional Acting, Foundation Degree Professional Acting and Production & Technical Arts courses, the Network pairs them with a graduate mentor to support them as they complete their training and enter their first year in the industry.

This new partnership derives from the defining ethos of the Genesis Foundation which is to mentor and nurture young artistic talent.

Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, John Studzinski said:

“The Genesis Foundation is delighted to expand its partnership with LAMDA by launching this unique mentoring programme. This new scheme with LAMDA fills a need to provide support, guidance and networking opportunities for actors as they enter this precarious profession. Nurturing young artistic talent over the long-term, creating a network that keeps supporting them after they leave their training, has always characterised the work of the Genesis Foundation so I’m particularly delighted that we’ve teamed up with LAMDA to ensure all future LAMDA graduates receive mentoring from their third year onwards.”

Championed by David Suchet with Dame Janet Suzman and alumni from across the industry, this new initiative offers students support beyond graduation. The Network is currently being piloted with Class of 2017 graduating students and LAMDA alumni in the UK and US and will roll out across the Academy in January 2018. Read more about the Case Study of the pilot here:

The Genesis Foundation has sponsored 25 Genesis Scholarships at LAMDA over the last 20 years, starting with Sam Barnett (The History Boys and Twelfth Nightfor which he received an Olivier and Tony Award nomination). Previous Genesis Scholars at LAMDA include: Ben Aldridge (recently Our Girl, BAFTA-winning BBC comedy FleabagToast), Tom Riley, (Recently star of Da Vinci’s Demons, Starfish, The Collection, Ill Behaviour), Abubakar Salim (recently Black Mirror, Assassin’s Creed) and Sam Swann (recently in Oil at the Almeida Theatre, Wendy and Peter at the RSC, Pomona at the National Theatre and Mr Selfridge).

Read more about the Genesis LAMDA Network here.