New Earth Academy Midlands

New Earth Academy Midlands

New Earth Academy Midlands

Photo by Ikin Yum

This year we are offering a Performers Academy for British East and South East Asians* based in the Midlands.

The New Earth Performers Academy Midlands is a five week online performance course. No previous performance experience is needed. We welcome all ages from 18+.

Every Saturday afternoon students will meet online with guest director Andrew Potter. During the week there will be evening sessions in voice and movement as well as additional guest workshops. There will be lunchtime industry talks and the course will finish with a showcase for an invited audience.

Important Dates

• Deadline for applications Tuesday 4 May 5pm
• Online interviews will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 29 May
• Course begins online Saturday 26 June and runs every Saturday afternoon 1-3pm and every Monday evening 7-9pm until Monday 26 July
• There will be a final sharing on Saturday 31 July 2-4pm
• There will be additional talks with industry professionals over lunch during the week 12.30-1.30pm

To Apply

• Fill out the application below.
• You will be asked to write a paragraph telling us about yourself and any previous performing experience you might have. (Previous experience is not required.) Please let us know what you hope to gain from being part of the Performers Academy as well as what you can bring to the group. You may submit a short video if you prefer.
• You will also need to submit a photo of yourself and an Equal Opportunities form, which you can download by clicking on the button below.

Applications for the 2021 New Earth Academies are now closed.

Meet the Tutors:

Andrew Potter (Course leader)

Anglo-Burmese teacher/director, Andrew Potter trained at Mountview and through regular participation in the International Workshop Festivals of the 1990s. He has toured extensively in theatre-in-education contexts as an actor and workshop leader. From 2000 – 2004 he was the artistic director of Wildcard Theatre Company, a small-scale touring company creating works based on world myths, and for the past two decades he has been a regular acting tutor at what is now the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. 

Vera Chok(Improv) Hi, I’m Vera, a queer, first generation, Malaysian-Chinese immigrant in the UK based in Nottingham and London. I’m an actor, performance maker, and writer and my current focus is comedy and improv. I teach and play long form narrative and non-narrative improv, using movement, text and comedy. I’ve done my time at The National (The Hard Problem, World of Extreme Happiness), The Almeida and West End (Chimerica; Kenneth Branagh’s Theatre Company’s Harlequinade and Winters Tale), been in TV shows beginning with the letter C (Chimerica, Collateral, Cobra, Chewing Gum) and Fortitude. My debut play, Rice!, was funded by The British Council. Improv teams I work with are global womxn and NB team Trash Kingdom (US), queer femmes Hell Yeah!, My Aunty Says, and The Improv Place House Team (UK). IG: @verachok

Andy Yau (Movement and Voice) Born and raised in Hong Kong, and now resident in the UK. Andy Yau trained in Musical Theatre Dance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and achieved a Master of Arts degree in Acting from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Theatre credits: John in Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres and UK and Tour), Bun Foo in Thoroughly Morden Millie (U.K. Tour) Jake in Heterophobia and Parker in Lady Windermere’s Fan. TV credits: Strangers, Just Eat (advert).  
Beside working as an actor, Andy also works as a Cantonese interpreter for the NHS and Tai Chi instructor as well as providing movement training and support for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

New Earth Academy Midlands is delivered by New Earth Theatre in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome and the Royal Birmingham Conservatorie of Acting.
With support from the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

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