Gbolahan Obisesan is named the new Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic

Published: Friday, July 3, 2015 12:29 PM
Gbolahan Obisesan, Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic. Photo by Michael Wharley Gbolahan Obisesan, Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic. Photo by Michael Wharley

Director and playwright Gbolahan Obisesan begins his role as Genesis Fellow in 2015, succeeding Natalie Abrahami, who has held the post 2012 - 2014.

Gbolahan’s previous work at the Young Vic includes Feast (co-written with Yunior García Aguilera, Rotimi Babatunde, Marcos Barbosa and Tanya Barfield) directed by Rufus Norris, his play Mad About The Boy directed by Ria Parry, and direction of Sus by Barrie Keeffe, as the recipient of the 2009 Jerwood Directors Award. The production subsequently toured to venues around the UK. Other directing credits include School Gate: Mirco-Play (Royal Court/Guardian); We Are Proud to Present… and Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre); Songs Inside (Gate Theatre); Eye/Balls and Hold It Up (Soho Theatre); and 200 Years (Watford Palace Theatre). Further writing credits include Re:Exhibit (Offstage/Theatre Uncut); Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Theatre); Set Me Fair (Latitude); A Vision of Pride (Theatre503); Deconstructing the Barack (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Hold it up (Soho Theatre).

Gbolahan was the recipient of the Bulldog Princep Bursary 2008 – 9 as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. He is currently developing a new play, Black and Blue for Eclipse Theatre Company, as well as a screenplay with EMU Productions.

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 Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan. Opportunities whilst in post include directing a show at the Young Vic, supporting the theatre’s programming and artistic planning, contributing to the work of the Young Vic’s Directors Program and mentoring Genesis Future Directors Award-recipients. The Genesis Foundation supports the Genesis Fellowship, the Genesis Directors Network and the Genesis Future Directors Award at the Young Vic.

Gbolahan Obisesan commented: ‘I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside the Young Vic team and look forward to being involved in and contributing to the diverse activities of the theatre. Working on Sus, Mad About the Boy and Feast were brilliant experiences and I can’t wait to get started on new projects.’

By the end of 2015 the work of all the previous Genesis Fellows will have been seen on the Young Vic’s Main House stage: Natalie Abrahami (Happy Days and Ah, Wilderness!), Joe Hill-Gibbins (Measure for Measure) and Carrie Cracknell (Macbeth, co-directed with Lucy Guerin).

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