Genesis Future Directors Award won by Matthew Xia
Matthew Xia has been presented with this year’s Genesis Future Directors Award.
The prize, which is in now in its second year, is given to an emerging director and allows the winner to stage a production of their choice at London’s Young Vic theatre this autumn.
Xia was associate director at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 2009 to 2010 and is currently director in residence at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
He said: “The Young Vic have been supportive from the moment I joined the Genesis Directors Network, and this award now gives me the opportunity to present my work in one of the country’s most progressive and exciting theatres.”
This year marks the venue’s tenth anniversary of partnership with the Genesis Foundation, which supports emerging UK directors through three major initiatives – the Genesis Directors Network, the Genesis Fellowship and Genesis Future Directors Award.
Young Vic artistic director David Lan said: “The way that the Genesis Foundation changed the game was by committing to the Genesis Directors Program at the Young Vic over a really long period. We could dream, we could plan, we could make mistakes, we could learn, we could grow, we could flourish – and they were still with us. It’s hard to exaggerate how rare this is.”
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