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The Genesis Future Directors Award enables us to identify, support and nurture a director to explore their craft and stage a production in the Clare Theatre. The Award is aimed at emerging directors who have demonstrated a talent for, and commitment to, directing but have had limited opportunity to make work.

The recipient of the Award will have the opportunity to work for four weeks on a play of their choice. The director can work with up to three actors and a full creative team. The production is part of the Young Vic's programme and is fully supported by the Young Vic's creative, administrative and production teams. The project concludes with 10 performances to a paying audience in the Clare Theatre. There are two Awards per year and these opportunities will be advertised through the Genesis Directors Network.

Recent Genesis Future Directors Award recipients include:

  • Nancy Medina, 2017
  • Lucy J Skilbeck, 2017
  • Bryony Shanahan, 2016
  • Ola Ince, 2016
  • Rikki Henry, 2015
  • Tinuke Craig, 2014
  • Finn Beames, 2014
  • Matthew Xia, 2013
  • Ben Kidd, 2012

The Genesis Future Directors Award 2018

The Young Vic has a deep commitment to diversity. To help us be as inclusive as possible, our programming aims to embrace diversity, difference, ambition and excellence. In 2018, the Genesis Future Directors Award will be an opportunity for the Young Vic to meet and work with D/deaf and disabled directors, designers and / or actors.

We would like to receive proposals from:

  • D/deaf or disabled emerging directors
  • Emerging directors who want to work with a cast that includes D/deaf or disabled actors

Non-disabled directors should be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and access in their previous work, even if they have not yet directed a piece of fully integrated theatre.

Please read our guidelines for more details on how to apply.
This is an open application. You do not have to be a member of the Genesis Directors Network to apply for this award.


Genesis Future Directors Award


Generously supported by the Genesis Foundation.

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