Applications now open for the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic

28 February 2019

The Young Vic is inviting applications for emerging theatre directors to apply for the Genesis Future Directors Award 2019. The Award, provided by the Genesis Foundation, enables the Young Vic to identify, support and nurture a director to explore their craft and stage a public production in the Clare Theatre.

Ola Ince (2016 winner)
Ola Ince (2016 winner)

Nancy Medina (2017 winner)
Nancy Medina (2017 winner)
Debbie Hannan (2018 winner)
Debbie Hannan (2018 winner)
John R. Wilkinson (2018 winner)
John R. Wilkinson (2018 winner)

The Genesis Future Directors Award is aimed at young and/or emerging directors who have demonstrated a talent for, and commitment to, directing but have had limited opportunities to gain a foothold in the wider theatre industry. The recipient will work for four weeks on directing a play for the Clare Theatre, which will form part of the Young Vic’s season and be fully supported by the Young Vic’s creative, administrative and production teams and the Genesis Foundation.

The close relationship between the Genesis Foundation and the Young Vic dates back sixteen years. The partnership has been crucial to establishing and maintaining the Young Vic’s work with directors which is central to its work and includes the Genesis Fellowship and the Genesis Directors Network.

Past recipients of Genesis Future Directors Awards include John Wilkinson (2018), Debbie Hannan (2018), Lucy J Skilbeck (2017), Nancy Medina (2017), Ola Ince (2016), Bryony Shanahan (2016), Rikki Henry (2015) Finn Beames (2014), Tinuke Craig (2014), Matthew Xia (2013) and Ben Kidd (2012).

The latest recipients were Lekan Lawal and Caitriona Shoobridge. Shoobridge’s production of Ivan and the Dogs by Hattie Naylor will run from 10 to 20 July. Lawal’s production of Wild East, by April De Angelis opened on 6 February and has completed its run.

Applications are open for members of the Genesis Directors Network and non-members. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 2 April 2019.

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