The Genesis Almeida New Playwrights, Big Plays Programme is an annual 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 year the writers will also attend twelve masterclasses led by established British and international playwrights and be given a five day R&D workshop to develop their commission.
The Genesis Almeida Writers Programme is made possible by the support of the Genesis Foundation.
The Genesis Almeida Writers for 2019/20 are:
Established by John Studzinski, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Almeida Theatre, LAMDA, the National Theatre, The Sixteen and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights, actors and musicians in their career development.
Iman is an award-winning writer for stage, screen and radio. In 2018 she won the prestigious Papatango New Writing Prize with her breakout play The Funeral Director which premiered at the Southwark Playhouse before a short UK tour (English Touring Theatre/Papatango). She is one of the Soho Six playwrights for 2019 developing her play The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs (Soho Theatre/ Damsel Productions) and has further new commissions from Papatango, the Bush, English Touring Theatre and the Royal Court. In early 2019 Iman contributed a monologue to the Bunker Theatre’s My White Best Friend series, curated by Rachel De-Lahay and Milli Bhatia. Under commission from Tamasha and Titi Dawudu Iman also contributed two monologues to Hear Me Now a set of diverse monologues for diverse actors, the first of its kind, published by Oberon books. Iman is adapting The Funeral Director for TV with STV Productions and she is also working on a new commission for TV with Slam Films. She was selected by Film London for their London Calling short film slate with her short Home Girl, directed by Poonam Brah, which was also selected for the 2019 BFI Flare Festival.
Ross’s debut play Wolfie premiered to great critical acclaim at the Theatre503 in March 2019 directed by the theatre’s artistic director Lisa Spirling. The play received a host of 4* reviews across the board (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Evening Standard) setting him out as “a fresh and fearless voice” in British Theatre and earning him a nomination for Best Writer in the 2019 Stage Debut Awards. In February 2019 Ross was one of three writers to be awarded a writing fellowship by the Royal Court Theatre and TV producers Kudos. He was commissioned to contribute a series of monologues to Tamasha and Titi Dawudu’s inaugural book of monologues for diverse actors, Hear Me Now, and previously collaborated with Arcola Youth Theatre on the play We Make Fire. He was on attachment at the Bristol Old Vic, writer-in-residence at Theatr Clwyd, a member of the Orange Tree Theatre’s Writers’ Collective, Tamasha Playwrights Group, Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab and the BBC Writersroom Writers’ Access Group. His play Wonder Boy was a special recommendation finalist for the Soho Theatre’s Tony Craze Award. Ross recently took part in the writer’s room for a new show created by Stephen Merchant for Big Talk Productions.
Amy is a British-Hong Kong playwright. Her plays include Under The Umbrella (Belgrade Theatre Coventry, UK Tour), Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre) and Shangri-La (Finborough Theatre). Radio plays include Tiger Girls (BBC Radio 4) and Kilburn Passion (BBC Radio 3). She is under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company and ice&fire, and is developing her play Thatcher in China at the National Theatre Studio. Her new adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie will be produced at Chester Storyhouse in March 2020. For TV she is developing original projects with BBC Studios and Merman. Amy trained as a historian with a research interest in multinational empires, imperial decline, and nationality conflict, and is the author of Nationalism and Political Liberty (Oxford University Press). She is fluent in English, German and Chinese and regularly translates contemporary Chinese plays into English.