Actors Academy – UK

Actors Academy – UK

Actors Academy – UK

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, we have decided to hold our annual Yellow Earth Academy online instead of in person, which means students can join from anywhere in the UK.

Going on its 11th year, Yellow Earth Academy is a fully funded intensive acting course taking place each summer for young British East/Southeast Asians*(16+). We welcome people who have had little or no drama training but might be already working as an actor, people who are keen to get into the acting industry and those who feel they will benefit from being connected into a growing nationwide BESEA network of young artists and theatremakers. This year we are particularly keen to hear from people who live outside of London.

The course will be led by director Dadiow Lin. Classes will include: text work, movement/improv, voice, a taster in Meisner technique and acting for camera. There will be weekly Q&A’s on a range of topics with industry professionals.

Normally the Academy runs full time for two weeks in July. This year classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday evening 5-7pm from 6 July to 5 August with a final sharing on Friday 7 August.

Meet the Tutors:

Acting for Camera: Tina Chiang

Tina studied Drama & English at the University of Kent at Canterbury and then went on to study at RADA. She has been in two Olivier-winning productions (Chimerica, Labour of Love) and the Fringe-First winning E8 at Edinburgh last year. Her extensive TV credits include: Bodyguard, Silent Witness, Coronation Street, Casualty, Emmerdale, Chimerica, Good Omens, Kiss Me First, Rellik & Doctors. She has taught screen acting for Yellow Earth Academy and Watford Palace Theatre.

Meisner Technique: Tuyen Do

Tuyen is an actor, writer and one half of Vânthanh Productions. Her credits include: Stage: Long Me (Vaults 2020), I Will Still Be Whole (Bunker Theatre); King of Hell’s Palace (Hampstead); Retrospective Miniaturists (Arcola); Pah-La (Royal Court); The Great Wave (National Theatre); Mothergun (Chaskis Theatre); Film: Enola Homes (Legendary Pictures) and The Ones Below (BBC Films); Television: EastEndersDifferent For Girls (Series regular); 24: Live Another Day; Scrutiny and My So Called Life Sentence. She wrote the first British Vietnamese play Summer Rolls (Oberon) and is also a recipient this year’s Channel 4 Playwrighting Bursary.

Voice: Gary Horner

Gary trained as an actor at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) before gaining an MA in voice studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD). He has taught voice at East 15, Italia Conti, Arts Ed, Mountview and RCSSD. Professionally, he has been a voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, Headlong Theatre Company and multiple West-End productions. Gary is currently the Course Leader for the MA in Professional Acting at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and is creator and chair of The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement.

Movement: Sachi Kimura

Sachi is a movement practitioner, movement director and theatre-maker/director. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Shiki theatre company (Japan), Ecole de Phillipe Gaulier and Scola Commedia Dell’arte (Italy). Over the her 26 year performing career, she has worked in theatre, films and TV, in the UK, Europe and Japan and has regularly collaborated with companies such as Fevered Sleep and The Clod Ensemble. Her directing and movement direction credits include Missing People (Leeds Playhouse), GLOW (Brighton Festival, Argus Theatre Award winner) and Stars above the Sand (Space Zatsuyu, Tokyo)Since 2003 She has been teaching at various drama institutions including Mountview Academy, Met Film School and New National Theatre, Tokyo. 

Text: Dadiow Lin

Dadiow is a theatre director based in London. She has directed contemporary plays, adaptation of classics, new writings, and devised performances. The works were presented at Storyhouse (Chester), Young Vic, Soho Theatre, RADA, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, Camden People’s Theatre, Rich Mix, BAC and more. Dadiow is the recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2019.

Before moving to the UK, she worked as an assistant director on productions at the National Theatre of Taiwan. She also directed classical and contemporary plays, and won the Best Director award at the Youth Talent Theatre Festival Competition. Dadiow’s cultural background pushes her to view the world through various lenses and makes her more sensitive towards the cultural differences that she is surrounded by. This makes her naturally bring fresh perspectives to a production while directing.

*British East/South-east Asian: anyone of East or South-East Asian descent living and working in the UK.

What past Yellow Earth Academy participants have said:

My expectations were more than met – I found it intensely interesting, immersive and a very creative two weeks’

‘(YEA) Gave me confidence that this was a path I really wanted to take’
The course far exceeded my expectations. The tutors were brilliant; very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about teaching us and as a result, we gained so much from it’

 ‘Had the Academy not been free, there was no way I would’ve been able to participate in, what was for me, a life changing experience.’