The Genesis Future Directors Award 2018 is now open for applications!

Applications are now open for the Genesis Future Directors Award 2018, and this year we are specifically looking to strengthen our commitment to diversity by calling for applications from D/deaf or disabled emerging directors, and emerging directors who want to work with a cast that includes D/deaf or disabled actors. If you’re interested in applying please read on for guidelines and a step by step overview of the application process! 

George Ikediashi, Kamari Romeo & Rebecca Root in The Bear The Proposal at the Young Vic © Ellie Kurttz (2)

2017 Genesis Future Directors Award winner Lucy J Skilbeck’s The Bear/The Proposal at the Young Vic. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

The Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic 2018

The close relationship between the Genesis Foundation and the Young Vic dates back over more than 10 years. The generous support we have received has been crucial to establishing and maintaining our work with directors which is at the heart of everything we do.

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 young and / or emerging directors who have demonstrated a talent for, and commitment to, directing but have had limited opportunity to make work.


The Young Vic has a deep commitment to diversity. This is seen in the shows we create and present, as well as in the people we work with. We know that UK theatres have a long way to go to engage with and speak to the full range of experience of the people living in this country. We want to do what we can to change that.

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, designer 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.

The selected director will have the opportunity to rehearse for four weeks on a play for the Clare Theatre. The production will be part of the Young Vic’s programme and will be fully supported by the Young Vic’s creative, administrative and production teams. The director will receive a fee and the actors will be paid a Young Vic company wage. The award will conclude with 12 performances to a paying audience in spring 2018.

The director will be supported by a full creative team including producer, designer, lighting designer, sound designer and stage management team, as well as a casting director. They will also be mentored through the full preparation and rehearsal process by the core creative team at the Young Vic, as well as an external mentor.

Where appropriate, directors should consider creative approaches to making the show accessible.

The emerging director (whether D/deaf, disabled or non-disabled) should:

  • Have already demonstrated a talent for and a commitment to directing
  • Have directed at least one professional production but are at an early stage of their development as a director
  • Demonstrated a commitment to originality and a desire to expand their understanding of theatre practice
  • Be fascinated by the actor’s process and the director’s role in it
  • Be resident in the UK
  • Be available to direct the production in spring 2018

You do not have to be a member of the Young Vic Genesis Directors Network to apply but we encourage you to join.  You can find more information on the Directors Program at the Young Vic here.



Please choose a play and provide a single A4 page that covers the following:

  • Your initial ideas for a production of the play
  • Your ideas for your creative team and how they would help deliver your vision

The play should be an existing text with a production history. It should not be a new play, an adaptation or a play that needs dramaturgical work. You will need to achieve your production with a maximum of three actors. The production should not require supernumeraries, a community chorus or equivalent.

We are most interested in your initial ideas for the production – please feel free to express your ideas in notes, bullet points, diagrams, stream of consciousness etc. We encourage you to use whichever form best suits your ideas and approach.

Please also send CV (see below for format).

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12 June 2017.

If you have any availability issues please let us know at this stage and we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

Please send your application addressed to Sue Emmas at with THE GENESIS FUTURE DIRECTORS AWARD in the subject box.


Directors are invited to present a Lightning Talk; this is a presentation that gives each director 10 powerpoint slides for 15 seconds each with accompanying commentary.

The Lightning Talk should give a flavour of:

  • Your past work
  • Your response to, and initial ideas for, your chosen play

If you are D/deaf or disabled and a Lightning Talk is not a format that will best communicate your ideas please let us know and we will discuss with you the most effective way for us to find out about your proposed play.

Also let us know if there are adjustments we should consider making. This might include: hearing loop, BSL interpreter, quiet environment, longer presentation time, for example.

We will confirm time slots for Lightning Talks on Wednesday 14 June.

The Lightning Talks will take place between 10am and 5pm on Friday 7 July. If you have specific availability issues please let us know in your Stage One application.

You will need to submit your Lightning Talk by midday on Monday 3 July. This should be sent to Kirsten Adam at

You will also need to send an electronic copy of the script and ideally, you should know that the rights for the play are available in principle.


Following the Lightning Talks a small group of directors will then be invited to meet with David Lan, Sue Emmas and other members of the Young Vic team on afternoon of Thursday 20 July.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Kirsten Adam on or Textphone 020 7922 2805. 

We are very happy to talk through the process and if you would like to discuss the format or the timeframe of the application process please get in touch. 

If you would like the guidelines in a different format please let us know.

Clare Dunne and Solomon Israel in Dutchman at the Young Vic. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.jpg

2016 Genesis Future Directors Award winner Ola Ince’s Dutchman at the Young Vic. Photo by Richard Hubert Smith.

About the Genesis Foundation

The Genesis Foundation has supported the Young Vic for nearly 15 years, including the Young Vic’s director’s program since its inception. The Genesis Foundation is pleased to fund the Genesis Fellow and Genesis Fellow Production Fund, the Genesis Future Directors Awards and the Genesis Directors Network at the Young Vic.

Established by John Studzinski in 2001, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as LAMDA, the National Theatre, Royal Court, The Sixteen and the Young Vic.  Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

The theme of art and faith increasingly characterises aspects of the Foundation’s work with choral commissions including James MacMillan’s Stabat mater.





About the Young Vic

The Young Vic based in Waterloo in London produces classics, new plays, forgotten works, musicals and opera, and tours widely in the UK and internationally. It has deep roots in its neighbourhood and extensive co-producing relationships with leading theatres all over the world. The Young Vic’s Directors Program provides support for professional directors at the early stages of their career.  It offers free skills workshops and peer-led projects, paid assistant directing roles through the Jerwood Assistant Director Program and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Program on Young Vic productions, and our online network, the Genesis Directors Network.


Ola Ince on Dutchman, race and research

We caught up with Dutchman director, Ola Ince, to discuss how she found Dutchman, why she chose it for the Genesis Future Directors Award and why the play is still so relevant today, over 50 years on from it being written by Amiri Baraka.

Ola shared some of her research with us; the documentaries, videos and articles she explored with the cast and her creative team whilst researching and rehearsing Dutchman. The breadth of research demonstrates how much information goes in to bringing a script to life and the inspiration behind staging the characters and their relationships.

The Sixties – The Years That Shaped a Generation, 2005
Storyville, Black panthers – On BBC iplayer
The African Americans, Many Rivers to Cross, Rise 1940 – 1968
Beat Generation, The Source
Thelonious Monk: Staight No Chaser
Black Power mixtape
Legends, The Motown Invasion
White people, MTV

Amiri Baraka

New York Underground, 1960’s archive footage


Cartoons – for Clay’s attraction to Lula


Dutchman runs at the Young Vic until 16 April:
Find out more about the Genesis Future Directors Award on the Young Vic Directors Program.

Casting Announcement | Dutchman


Lula and Clay meet on the subway on an oppressively hot New York day. Flirtation and conversation quickly turn to violent attraction. As the train ride comes to an explosive end, who will make it out unscathed? Amiri Baraka’s cry of rage, written in 1964, is as crucial today.
Dutchman opens in the Clare on 6 April and we’ve got casting for you. Clare Dunne, Solomon Israel and Renato Paris will feature in Amiri Baraka’s play directed by Ola Ince, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award.

Take a look below and get to know the cast.

Clare Dunne.jpgClare Dunne makes her Young Vic debut. Her theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Three Sisters (Lyric, Hammersmith); Detroit, Juno & The Paycock (National Theatre); Henry IV, Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse/St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York); Grounded (Tiger Dublin Fringe); 24 Hour Play, Major Barbara (Abbey); Cripple of Inish Maan (US Tour), Druid 35, Playboy of the Western World, UK Tour (Druid) CRUNCH (Nabakov at Latitude Festival); The Silver Tassie (Druid UK and Irl tour) and Babel (Elan Wales). Her film credits include: The Cherishing and Outside and her radio credits include: The News From Home and Her Majesty’s Service.


Solomon Israel makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: I Know All The Secrets In My World (Tiata Fahodzi), Octagon (Arcola Theatre), Chigger Foot Boys (Ovalhouse Theatre), The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), Comedy Of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company), Taking Steps (Old Laundry Theatre/Tricycle Theatre), Redemption Over Hammersmith Broadway (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith) and Tuff Love (Bullion Theatre). TV credits include: Josh (BBC), Brothers with No Game (BWNG/London Live), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Holby City (BBC) and Quick Cuts (BBC).


Renato Paris makes his Young Vic debut. His theatre credits include: Close To You (West End) and What’s It All About (Menier Chocolate Factory). Renato Paris ALCM graduated with a triple distinction star at The Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology and has recently completed his first year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire pursuing a Jazz Degree.




Dutchman is directed by Ola Ince, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award and the show runs at the Young Vic from 6 – 16 April. For more info / to book tickets:
“Dutchman is designed to shock – its basic idea, its language and its murderous rage”The New York Times

JUST ANNOUNCED | 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award Winners

genesis announcement

2016 Genesis Future Directors Award winners Ola Ince will direct Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (6 – 16 April 2016) and Bryony Shanahan will direct trade by debbie tucker green (16 – 26 November 2016). Tickets go on sale today.

Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
6 – 16 April

Lula and Clay meet on the subway on an oppressively hot New York day. Flirtation and conversation quickly turn to violent attraction. As the train ride comes to an explosive end, who will make it out unscathed?

Dutchman exposes the traumatic black experience and the reality of modern race relations. Amiri Baraka’s cry of rage, written in 1964, is as crucial today as when it was first performed to critical acclaim off Broadway.

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Ola Ince directs Amiri Baraka’s famously provocative intervention in the debate on race. Get to know Ola and take a look at her biography below.

For more info and to book tickets:

trade by debbie tucker green
16 – 26 Nov

Sex, money and power.  For some women, financial freedom come at a painful price.

Worlds collide at an idyllic Caribbean resort as three very different women unravel the lies that bind them together in the name of fair trade.

debbie tucker green’s darkly humorous play about the costs of sex is directed by Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award. Take a look at her biography below.

For more info and to book tickets:

Ola Ince first worked at the Young Vic in 2012 on One Million Tiny Plays About Britain and subsequently as Boris Karloff Assistant Director to Sacha Wares on Wild Swans. She is currently Resident Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith. Her work as a director includes: Rachel, The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough) and Games (Pleasance). As an associate and assistant director credits include: Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Fog (UK Tour), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Dara, A Taste of Honey (National Theatre); Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Josephine & I (Bush Theatre).

Bryony Shanahan directs at the Young Vic for the first time. She is co-artistic director of Snuff Box Theatre and in 2014 she won a BBC Performing Arts Award to work at the Royal Exchange, where she assisted on Sarah Frankcom’s Hamlet with Maxine Peake. Other directing credits include: Weald (2016, Finborough Theatre); Operation Crucible (Finborough Theatre & UK tour); Boys Will Be Boys (Women Centre Stage, National Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre, national tour & Adelaide Fringe Festival) and Chapel Street (national tour). As an assistant and associate director, her credits include: The Skriker (Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange), Our Country’s Good (National Theatre; as staff director) and Around The World In 80 Days (New Vic Theatre/Royal Exchange Theatre). In 2015, Bryony won the BBC Alumni Award.

Amiri Baraka
was a poet, playwright and political activist. Born Everett LeRoi Jones, he changed his name multiple times during his lifetime finally settling on Amiri Baraka.  These changes in identity reflect his shifting political beliefs from his involvement in the Beat movement to Black Nationalism and a conversion to Marxism. Over six decades Baraka established himself as a strong literary voice and a powerful orator. His published work, which encompasses poetry, plays and short stories includes: The Dead Lecturer, Transbluesency: The Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones, 1961-1995, Blues People: Negro Music in White America, Black Magic and Dutchman, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1964, and won the Village Voice Obie Award in the same year.

debbie tucker green is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director. Her work returns to the Young Vic following dirty butterfly in 2014 and generations in 2007. Stage works include: hang, truth and reconciliation, random, stoning mary (Royal Court); trade (RSC/RSC at Soho); born bad (Hampstead) for which she won an Olivier Award in 2004 and then an OBIE award for the play’s Soho Rep production in 2011, and nut (National Theatre). TV and film credits include random, which won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012 and MVSA Award for Best UK Film in 2011 and second coming, which won the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam Big Screen Award and is also BAFTA nominated.

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 Ola Ince and Bryony Shanahan 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.