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Genesis Foundation and developing music theatre

Hadestown (Helen Maybanks)

Genesis Foundation and developing music theatre

Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation supports programmes that nurture the careers of outstanding young artists, providing opportunities for directors, playwrights, actors and musicians at key stages in their professional lives. The Genesis Foundation’s support of the National Theatre’s Director Rufus Norris began in 2003, when he was the first Genesis Young Director at the Young Vic.

Since 2017, the Genesis Foundation has supported artists at the NT as they develop bold, accessible, new forms of British music theatre. The Genesis Music Theatre Programme creates meaningful opportunities for theatre-makers to develop their practice and ideas, giving them space and support to think, test and create. The programme has three strands of activity to give bespoke support to artists: attachments to develop early ideas; workshops with performers and creative teams; and commissions with deep developmental support and professional mentoring.

Upon the outbreak of COVID-19, the Genesis Foundation gave us an additional grant to help support performers who have been part of the Genesis Music Theatre Programme, for which we are very grateful.

Find out more about  the Genesis  Foundation 

Find out more about the  New Work Department 

To  discuss how you can support the development of music theatre  or other areas of our work, please contact Matt Armstrong, Head of Trusts and Foundations on 020 7452 3227 or at [email protected]


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