New and improved Genesis Network website is launched by Young Vic

3 October 2019

The Young Vic Directors Program has announced the launch of a new and improved Genesis Network website. Serving nearly 1,000 directors, designers and producers living in the UK at the early stages of their career, this updated and developed site will better facilitate the community and peer-support among young creatives.

The Genesis Network provides a unique online platform for exchanging experiences, forming vital creative relationships and collaborations, finding job opportunities and discovering relevant events at the Young Vic and other UK theatres. Members of the Young Vic Directors Program, which is the only scheme of its kind, will now have access to live updated events, creative opportunities, discussion forums and a more streamlined portal to associate with each other. The network can also be used for linking up independent producers, theatre companies and writers with directors and designers for their projects.

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said: “E.M. Foster famously said ‘Only Connect.’ The Genesis Network has enabled thousands of theatre professionals at every stage of their careers to do exactly that: to connect, to learn of new opportunities and to build relationships… The Genesis Network has had an immense impact on the UK theatre world and we are delighted that the Network continues to evolve and expands its work.”

Sue Emmas, Associate Artistic Director of the Young Vic, said: “Directing can be a lonely and isolated career and the Genesis Network brings artists together in a unique way… New artists join all the time and we really hope this is a moment for more directors, designers and producers to know about this brilliant resource and join up.”

The partnership between the Genesis Foundation and the Young Vic dates back sixteen years and has been crucial to establishing and maintaining the Young Vic’s support of artists through schemes such as the Genesis Future Directors Award and the Genesis Fellowship.  

Nadia Latif, current Young Vic Genesis Fellow and Associate Director, said: “Simply put, there is nothing else quite like the Genesis Network out there. Whether you’re a fledgling director just thinking about maybe making the dream of directing into a concrete reality, an emerging director trying to jump from assisting to making your own work, or a mid-career director trying to work in bigger spaces – the Genesis Network will have opportunities and training possibilities.”

Find out more about the Genesis Foundation’s projects with the Young Vic here.

Explore the new website here.

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