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A chance to work as an associate director at the Young Vic

The Genesis Fellowship, a two-year grant supported by the Genesis Foundation, enables the recipient to develop their craft as a theatre director whilst working closely with the Young Vic’s Artistic Director.

Opportunities whilst in post include supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Creators Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award recipients. The Genesis Foundation supports the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.

Previous Genesis Fellows include:

  • Gbolahan Obisesan 
  • Natalie Abrahami
  • Carrie Cracknell
  • Joe Hill-Gibbins
  • Nadia Latif 
  • Jennifer Tang

Our current Genesis Fellow is Taio Lawson. 

Taio is a director raised between South London and St. Lucia. His work is varied, but he is fundamentally interested in political stories and stories that exist to explore the inherent contradictions of modern life. As a teenager, Taio made work for Fringe Festivals across the UK, some of which also went international. He has been the Boris Karloff Assistant Director and Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic, as well as the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme 18-Month Resident Director at Sheffield Theatres where he directed Debbie Tucker Green's hang, and Resident Director on Hamilton, London. He was also an Associate Director at Kiln Theatre, directing NW Trilogy for them.  

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