JUST ANNOUNCED | 2017 Genesis Future Directors Award Winners

2017 Genesis Future Directors Award winners Lucy J Skilbeck will direct two one-act comic shorts: The Bear/The Proposal by Anton Chekov, translated by Michael Frayn (22 March – 1 April 2017) and Nancy Medina will direct Dael Orlandersmith’s incisive drama Yellowman (22 November – 2 December 2017).
Tickets are now on sale! 

The Bear/The Proposal
Plays by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Michael Frayn 

Happy wife, happy life?

With mortgages to pay and sickly fathers to care for, Chekhov’s heroines must coolly weigh up the practical benefits of marriage over their disgust for their suitors. Our usual assumptions about love and marriage unravel in this bold new production by Genesis Award winner Lucy J Skilbeck. A gender fierce company of queer and transgender performers take on two of Chekhov’s wryest comedies in versions by Michael Frayn.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/the-bear-the-proposal 

By Dael Orlandersmith

Alma and Eugene grew up together in the Deep South. As their friendship develops into something closer, they struggle to escape familiar definitions of blackness. Amidst the legacy of Southern black poverty, the impact of the shade of their skin unearths unexpectedly powerful racial tensions. Genesis Award winner Nancy Medina directs a Pulitzer Prize finalist described by Variety as “a celebration of young love and a harrowing study of smouldering domestic violence”.

For more info and to book tickets: www.youngvic.org/whats-on/yellowman


Lucy J Skilbeck is a writer and director and the Artistic Director of Milk Presents, an Associate Company of Derby Theatre. Lucy’s directing credits for theatre include: JOAN (Milk Presents and Derby Theatre); Penelope Retold (Derby Theatre and UK Tour); and 3 Wise Monkeys (Hiccup Theatre and UK Tour). As an Assistant/Associate Director their credits include: Herons (Lyric Hammersmith); The Complete Deaths (Spymonkey and UK tour); Islands (Bush Theatre) and Brassed Off, The Odyssey (Derby Theatre). Lucy was the recipient of a BBC Legacy Award 2015 and a Scotsman Fringe First 2016. Their current work with Milk Presents, Passing in Elysian Fields, is commissioned by the Jerwood Home Run Commission, will premiere at Camden People’s Theatre in September 2017.

Nancy Medina is originally from Brooklyn, New York and received her MA in Drama Directing from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her recent theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It (UK tour); Curried Goat and Fish Fingers (Bristol Old Vic); and Dogtag (Theatre West). As an Assistant Director, Nancy has worked for Shakespeare’s Globe, New Vic Theatre, and Salisbury Playhouse. Nancy is also a workshop facilitator for various theatre companies in the South West and is a visiting director/tutor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Bristol Acting Academy. In September 2017, she will be part of launching a Professional Acting Diploma for 16-18 year olds with boomsatsuma.

Established in 2012, the Genesis Future Directors Award was created to nurture emerging directors by providing them with an opportunity to explore and develop their craft while creating their first fully resourced production at the Young Vic, recognised for its engagement with young directors. The Award will provide Lucy J Skilbeck and Nancy Medina with mentoring and support from the theatre’s unique creative network, which includes Artistic Director David Lan, Genesis Fellow Gbolahan Obisesan, Lead Producer Daisy Heath and Associate Artistic Director Sue Emmas.

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