The Young Vic is relaunching the network at the heart of its emerging directors’ programme to improve the opportunities it offers around peer-to-peer support.
The Genesis Network is part of the London theatre’s Directors Program, which has been running for nearly two decades and currently has nearly 1,000 members, and as part of its relaunch the network is introducing discussion forums and live updated events and opportunities to a newly revamped website.
It will also offer directors a “more streamlined way to identify and connect with like-minded creatives”.
The Genesis Network advertises work and development opportunities for early-career directors, as well as for theatre designers and producers. These include skills workshops, peer-led projects and paid assistant directing jobs through schemes such as the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program.
It is open to any professional director at an early stage of their career who is over the age of 18, and forms part of the Young Vic’s wider Directors Program, which also includes schemes like the Genesis Fellow.
The Young Vic said the revamped offering would make it easier for directors to form relationships and collaborations with others, exchange experiences and access advertised work, in addition to providing a resource for independent theatres, writers and producers to find directing and designing talent.
Sue Emmas, associate artistic director of the Young Vic, said she hoped the development would help the network reach more directors, designers and producers.
“Directing can be a lonely and isolated career, and the Genesis Network brings artists together in a unique way,” she said.
John Studzinski, founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation – the charitable organisation that funds the programme – said he was delighted that it “continues to evolve and expand its work”.