Launch of the Genesis LAMDA Network

Launch of the Genesis LAMDA Network

The early days in the industry can be a challenging and daunting time for emerging artists. LAMDA is committed to supporting students beyond graduation, to equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to develop successful and sustainable careers, and to ensuring their transition into the industry is as smooth as possible. 

As part of this commitment, LAMDA is proud to partner with the Genesis Foundation to launch the Genesis LAMDA Network – a new platform to provide mentoring to the next generation of exceptional young artists, stage managers and technicians. LAMDA is also very grateful to the Eranda Rothschild Foundation for their support of the Genesis LAMDA Network. 

The Genesis LAMDA Network pairs a final year student on LAMDA’s BA (Hons) Professional Acting, Foundation Degree Professional Acting and Production & Technical Arts courses, with a carefully selected graduate mentor, to support them as they complete their training and enter their first year in the industry.

This peer-to-peer support will provide graduating students with a dedicated professional connection offering not only support and guidance, but also practical experience, industry exposure and contacts to support future employment. 

Devised in discussion with LAMDA graduates Dame Janet Suzman DBE, David Suchet CBE and alumni from across the industry, this new initiative is an extension of LAMDA’s existing professional preparation programme and the Academy’s alumni network.

The Genesis LAMDA Network is currently being piloted with Class of 2017 students and LAMDA alumni in the UK and US.

LAMDA Principal Joanna Read says: “So many young artists and technicians entering this industry are focused on landing their first professional job. At LAMDA, we equip our students with the skills and knowledge to cultivate long-lasting and fulfilling careers after graduation and the Genesis LAMDA Network is an important addition to this existing professional preparation programme. The response has been hugely enthusiastic – alumni are keen to share their experience and expertise with our graduating classes and the Network is proving to be an important way to cement the bonds that already exist between different generations of LAMDA students.”

Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, John Studzinski CBE, says: “The Genesis Foundation is delighted to extend its partnership with LAMDA by launching this unique mentoring programme. We’ve sponsored 25 Genesis Scholarships at LAMDA these past 20 years, starting with Sam Barnett. This new scheme with LAMDA fills a need to provide support, guidance and networking opportunities for actors as they enter this precarious profession. Nurturing young artistic talent over the long-term, creating a network that keeps supporting them after they leave their training, has always characterised the work of the Genesis Foundation so I’m particularly delighted that we’ve teamed up with LAMDA to ensure all future LAMDA graduates receive mentoring from their third year onwards.”

Danny Lee Wynter, LAMDA graduate, Genesis LAMDA Network mentor and Founder of Act for Change says: “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." 

2017 LAMDA graduate and Genesis LAMDA Network mentee said: “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.”

Learn more about the Genesis LAMDA Network and see pictures from the launch of the Network.

Published on 26 September 2017.

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