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Genesis LAMDA Network
The early days in the industry can be challenging and daunting for emerging artists. LAMDA is committed to supporting our students beyond graduating to ensure their professional journeys are successful and sustainable.
As part of this commitment, in partnership with the Genesis Foundation, we are launching the Genesis LAMDA Network to provide crucial mentoring to the next generation of exceptional young artists. The Genesis LAMDA Network pairs a final year student on the BA (Hons) Professional Acting, Foundation Degree Professional Acting and Foundation Degree Production & Technical Arts: Stage & Screen, with a carefully selected graduate mentor to support them as they complete their training and enter the industry.
Devised in discussion with Dame Janet Suzman, David Suchet CBE and alumni from across the industry, this important new initiative will harness the expertise and experience of LAMDA graduates to support the next generation of actors and technicians. In addition to mentoring, the scheme will provide skills workshops led by experienced graduates and industry experts, an annual event for students and mentors to meet and build relationships across the Network, and an online platform to share job opportunities, skills development and build professional connections and collaborations. LAMDA is also grateful to the Eranda Rothschild Foundation for their support of the Genesis LAMDA Network.
In 2017, we ran a pilot of the scheme with very positive results.
Feedback from the 2017 pilot scheme
“I think the LAMDA buddy scheme is invaluable, especially for someone like me that has no contacts in the industry. It came at the right time in the training as well – third year feels like a big overwhelming bubble…. and to be able to talk to someone with experience that has been there and got the t-shirt so to speak - it brings you back down to earth.”
Rebecca Tebbett, 2017 LAMDA graduate
“I am delighted to see that the Genesis LAMDA Network scheme is now in place and nurturing the careers of soon to be graduates by pairing them up with those of us who have had experience in what can often seem a daunting, somewhat overwhelming profession. Acting is a brutal vocation no matter what end of the scale you find yourself at. Support and good counsel is imperative."
Mentor Danny Lee Wynter, LAMDA graduate and Founder of Act for Change
“My mentor gives a good insight into things that I don’t have the hindsight to chill out about. Something that doesn’t seem like a good thing to me, she would see as a real positive, which is nice…. It’s invaluable to have someone outside of the school and agent world who understands your experience and can give you advice or just chat to you about stuff.”
2017 LAMDA graduate
“That first year as a graduate, in particular, is a minefield. I think LAMDA do a great job of preparing their students for the industry but it's impossible to be fully prepared. Having that contact with graduates a few years ahead of you in that journey is invaluable.”
James Corrigan, LAMDA graduate and mentor
Are you a LAMDA graduate interested in mentoring the next generation of talent? Please contact Monica Atagana, Genesis LAMDA Network & Mentoring Officer, to register your interest and find out more - firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8834 0575.
The Genesis Foundation
The Genesis Foundation has funded 25 full scholarships at LAMDA on the BA (Hons) three-year course in professional acting over the past 20 years. It now supports the newly created Genesis Actors Network at LAMDA.
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 & faith increasingly characterises aspects of the Foundation’s work with choral commissions including James MacMillan’s Stabat mater.
Launch of the Genesis LAMDA Network
On Monday 25 September 2017, the Genesis LAMDA Network was officially launched in The Carne Studio Theatre at LAMDA. We were delighted to welcome guests from across the industry, including both mentors and mentees in the 2017 pilot scheme.