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Genesis Almeida New Playwrights

The Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme is a two year programme that supports emerging and mid-career writers to develop new plays for larger stages giving them the space and time to experiment with form and scale. Each writer on the programme is commissioned to develop one new play and will be given dramaturgical support from the Almeida’s Literary Manager and Artistic team. During the programme the writers will also attend twelve masterclasses led by established British and international playwrights, directors, designers and other creatives, and be given a five day R&D workshop to develop their commission.

The Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme is made possible by the support of the Genesis Foundation.

2023-2025 Writers

Georgia Bruce

Georgia Bruce is a writer and actor from London. Their first play, Time Like the Sea, was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, the Papatango Prize for Playwriting and the Women’s Prize for Playwriting. 

Previously, they have written and performed comedy, and their first solo show Bruce: just a pretty face debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe. Alongside writing, they are an actor for stage and screen. 

Shahid Iqbal Khan

Shahid Iqbal Khan’s growing portfolio of work includes Love Across The Ages (BBC Radio 4, Afternoon Drama) and 10 Nights (Bush Theatre). He started out as an Associate Artist with Phizzical Productions before enrolling onto the Write To Play programme with Graeae Theatre. Most recently, he was commissioned by New Vic Theatre and Appetite to work on the Punjab To The Potteries project. He is currently on a 2023 fellowship with Factory International. His Olivier Award-nominated play, 10 Nights, is all set to return in a brand new production in the year of 2024.  

Martha Loader

Martha is a playwright, actor and producer from Ipswich. Previous work has been presented by HighTide, Mercury Theatre, Cambridge Junction, and INK. She is an Associate Artist of the New Wolsey Theatre, and is currently working on new projects with Play Nicely Theatre and Menagerie Theatre Company. Her play Bindweedwon the Judges Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022, and will go on tour in 2024. 

Nikhil Parmar

Nikhil is a London-based, Manchester-born playwright, screenwriter, and actor. A graduate of the Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group (2021), Nikhil’s debut play and one-man-show INVISIBLE premiered at the Bush before transferring to New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway festival 2023. His writing has also been performed and published as part of the Royal Exchange and Liverpool Everyman’s MY WHITE BEST FRIEND NORTH. Nikhil is developing several projects for film and television.

Eoghan Quinn

Eoghan is a writer from Dublin. He holds a PhD in English from NYU where he was a MacCracken Fellow. He was a founding member of theatre company Collapsing Horse, and a recipient of the Irish Arts Council’s ‘Next Generation’ Award. 

His most recent play colic premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival in October 2022 to critical and public acclaim. Previously, The New York Times, New Yorker, and Time Out recommended comedy Bears in Space enjoyed sold out runs at 59e59 NYC, Soho Theatre London, Underbelly Edinburgh, and Project Arts Centre Dublin. His play The Water Orchard (PAC Dublin) was nominated for the Stewart Parker Trust Award. For the stage, Eoghan is currently working on a large-scale adaptation of JM Coetzee’s ‘Jesus’ novels (for Hatch Theatre), and developing an original play, visions, with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Kirsty Rider

Kirsty is a writer from an acting background. As an actor she has performed at the Almeida, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Exchange Theatre and Park Avenue Armory, New York. Her screen credits include The Sandman, The Girl Before and Industry. In 2018 she wrote and featured in her debut short film Hāfu. In 2019, Kirsty was selected to join The Royal Court Writing Group where she wrote her first play and in 2021 she received the Neal Street Productions Screenwriters Bursary. In 2022 she wrote In Search of Perfect Death as part of the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course and is currently developing original TV projects with The Forge and Pulse Films.

Previous Almeida Genesis Writers

The Almeida Genesis Writers 2021/22 were: Josh Elliott, Eno Mfon, Uma Nada-Rajah, Michael John O’Neill, Ava Pickett, Sid Sagar and Molly Taylor.

The Almeida Genesis Writers 2019/2020 were: Kendall Feaver, Sami Ibrahim, Charley Miles, Amy Ng, Iman Qureshi, Sam Steiner and Ross Willis.

The Genesis Foundation was founded by John Studzinski and has supported thousands of artists in their careers since 2001.  Through its partnership model, it provides opportunities for talented artists, principally in theatre and music.

The Foundation’s focus is on partnerships with leading arts organisations such as the Almeida Theatre, National Theatre, Young Vic and The Sixteen, and on training initiatives – such as the Genesis Theatre Design programme, and the Genesis Future Curators programme at the Royal Academy of Arts – that equip emerging artists for life as a creative professional.