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We are excited to announce that writer and director Nadia Latif has been named the next Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic.

Nadia Latif is a theatre maker and film director. She trained as a director under William Gaskill at RADA and has worked since then exclusively in new writing. Nadia has worked for buildings and companies including the Almeida, RSC, National Theatre, Bush, Arcola, Theatre503 and Headlong.


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She is currently developing a slate of short and feature-length films, the first of which, White Girl starts production in spring. Nadia also occasionally writes articles that focus on race, gender and popular culture. She is also writing a book of essays examining the creative, cultural and social experiences of being a black woman.

In 2015 Nadia co-created Homegrown with Omar El-Khairy. The play was shut down half way through the rehearsal period after police intervention. In 2017, Homegrown was published in full.

The Genesis Fellowship, a one-year grant supported by the Genesis Foundation, enables the recipient to develop their craft as a theatre director whilst working closely with the Young Vic’s Artistic Director. Opportunities whilst in post include supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Directors Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award recipients. The Genesis Foundation supports the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.

Nadia Latif said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the Young Vic at such an exciting time. I’m really looking forward to helping to continue the theatre’s tradition of telling a wide range of stories by different artists to an engaged and diverse audience.

Gbolahan Obisesan was the fourth Genesis Fellow appointed at the Young Vic, starting in September 2015. His appointment followed that of Natalie Abrahami in 2013, Carrie Cracknell in 2012 and Joe Hill-Gibbins in 2010. Joe's production of The Changeling was one of the fastest selling studio shows in recent Young Vic history, and received a second run in the Main House in winter 2012. He made his National Theatre debut with Edward II and directed Measure for Measure in 2015 and A Midsummer Night's Dream in February 2017 at the Young Vic. Following the Maria production of Electra, Carrie Cracknell's acclaimed production of A Doll's House, for which she received an Evening Standard Award nomination, had two sold-out runs at the Young Vic. She is Associate Director at the Royal Court, and has directed Alban Berg's 20th-century masterpiece Wozzeck at the ENO. Carrie Cracknell collaborated with Lucy Guerin to create a new version of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Young Vic in 2015. Natalie Abrahami's 2014 five-star hit Happy Days with Juliet Stevenson returned to the Young Vic in 2015 and she directed Ah, Wilderness! Eugene O'Neill's warm portrait of a Connecticut childhood in the spring of 2015. Natalie and Juliet Stevenson teamed up again at the Young Vic with a production of Author Kopit's tremendously powerful Wings in 2017. In May 2016 Gbolahan directed Charlene James' award-winning Cuttin' It at the Young Vic. He also featured on stage in the Young Vic's Clare studio as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in JMK Award winner, Roy Alexander Weise's production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

Future Genesis Fellow opportunities will be advertised through the Genesis Directors Network and selected industry sites.

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