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The Genesis Fellow is a two year role that enables its recipients to work closely with artistic director David Lan as they continue to develop their craft as a theatre director. The Fellowship is aimed at an experienced director at an associate level or equivalent who has demonstrated a talent for, and commitment to, directing and has an ambition to become an artistic director.

The Genesis Fellow has the chance to:


  • spend two years at the Young Vic as Genesis Fellow/Associate Director
  • direct their own show at the Young Vic in the Maria supported by the Young Vic team
  • work with the artistic director and colleagues
  • work with the Associate Artistic Director on the Directors Program and the Genesis Future Directors Award
  • become part of the fabric and daily life of the Young Vic

Gbolahan Obisesan is the fourth Genesis Fellow appointed at the Young Vic, and started September 2015.

Gbolahan's previous work at the Young Vic includes Feast (co-written with Yunior García Aguilera, Rotimi Babatunde, Marcos Barbosa and Tanya Barfield) directed by Rufus Norris, his play Mad About The Boy directed by Ria Parry, and direction of Sus by Barrie Keefe, as the recipient of the 2009 Jerwood Directors Award. The production subsequently toured to venues around the UK. Other directing credits include School Gate: Mirco-Play (Royal Court/Guardian); We Are Proud to Present... and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre); Songs Inside (Gate Theatre); Eye/Balls and Hold It Up (Soho Theatre); and 200 Years (Watford Palace Theatre). Further writing credits include Re:Exhibit (Offstage/Theatre Uncut); Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Theatre); Set Me Fair (Latitude); A Vision of Pride (Theatre503); and Deconstructing the Barack (Tristan Bates Theatre). Gbolahan was the recipient of the Bulldog Princep Bursary 2008 – 9 as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. He is currently developing a new play, Black and Blue for Eclipse Theatre Company, as well as a screenplay with EMU Productions.

His appointment follows 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 will be directing will be directing Cuttin' It at the Young Vic in May 2016. 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 will be collaborating 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.

This opportunity will be advertised through the Genesis Directors Network and selected industry sites. Please do not write in with unsolicited expressions of interest.

Genesis Fellowship


Generously supported by the Genesis Foundation.

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