The 2020 Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary has been awarded to Sky Yang who has just completed a BA in Professional Acting at LAMDA.
“Growing up, it was rare to see someone who looked like me on stage or screen. I’m now entering an industry where East Asian and mixed race voices go under-represented and unheard. To have this kind of financial leg up and support when entering the industry from Yellow Earth Theatre and Orion Lee means the world – it gives me the opportunity and leverage to make my own content, and tell stories that get overlooked by the mainstream media. It will also be a huge help in covering the necessary costs of my first year out of drama school. My heartfelt thanks go out to Yellow Earth Theatre and Orion, for enabling me with opportunities that I otherwise would have struggled to have.”Sky Yang
The bursary award aims to encourage and promote greater participation and representation of East Asian and Southeast Asian actors on stage and screen by easing the pathway from graduating student to professional actor by providing £1,000 towards expenses. Sky will also receive a free year membership from Spotlight.
The bursary is awarded to a final year drama school student of East Asian origin who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has best demonstrated in their application and at an audition/interview that they have the talent, skills and commitment to succeed as a professional actor. This year the judging panel was John Cannon, Casting Director, BBC; Bryony Jarvis-Taylor, Casting Director, National Theatre; Orion Lee, Actor and sponsor of the Bursary; Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director Yellow Earth; and Helena Palmer, Casting Director, RSC.
The Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary is provided by Orion Lee and awarded by Yellow Earth. Spotlight is also a sponsor.