The only programme of its kind in the UK, New Earth Academy provides free, specialist training and opportunities for British East and South East Asians (BESEA) aged 18+ who are interested in developing their skills and engagement in the performing arts. This year, between May and July, New Earth Theatre is providing academies online in writing, performing, and technical theatre for participants in the North West, Midlands and the South of England.
Initially a week-long acting summer school based in London, the Academy has grown over its 12 years to encompass a range of disciplines and locations. New Earth Academy plays a key role in addressing the underrepresentation of BESEA artists on and off stage in UK stages and screens by providing a safe and supportive environment to gain access to professional training, develop new skills, creative networks, and engage with industry professionals. Past students of the Academy include Jess Henwick, Emma Lau, Mei Mac, and Naomi Yang.
Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director at New Earth Theatre said today, “I’m really proud that the Academy continues to grow from strength to strength with new partners supporting us across the country and the addition of our first Off Stage Academy. The courses not only provide skills development and pathways into the industry but more crucially creative connections and networks for BESEA artists which, as we emerge from the pandemic, feels more important than ever.”
New Earth Academy is run in partnership with ALRA South (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts), Arts Ed, Birmingham Hippodrome, Contact Theatre, HOME, Horizons Collective, LAMDA, Manchester International Festival, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Acting, Royal Exchange Theatre, The Lowry and Z-Arts and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England.
5pm on 27 April 2021