New Earth Academy South

New Earth Academy South

New Earth Academy South

Photo by Ikin Yum

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

The New Earth Performers Academy South is a five week online performance course for those based in the South of England. This course is always over subscribed so we will hold auditions. See dates below. We welcome all ages from 18+.

This year the New Earth Performers Academy South will be led by director Fumi Gomez. During these sessions students will get practical performance and self-taping skills. Come develop your listening skills, understand what makes a scene, improve your character creation abilities, embrace the differences between theatre and film and find the best ways of working with a partner. At the end of this course you should be more independent and confident when approaching scenes from film and theatre and when facing the task of recording a scene on your own. 

Classes take place online every Saturday afternoon with Director Fumi Gomez. During the week there will be evening sessions in voice and movement as well as additional guest workshops led by tutors from our supporting drama schools. 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 auditions will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 22 May
• Course begins online Saturday 26 June and runs every Saturday afternoon 1-3pm and every Tuesday evening 7-9pm until Tuesday 27 July. There will be additional guest workshops on some of the Wednesday evenings.
• There will be a final sharing on Friday July 4:30-6:30pm
• 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. 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 2021 are now closed.

Meet the Tutors:

Fumi Gomez (Course Leader) is a freelance film and theatre director. Her work is focused on ground-breaking storytelling, seeking new expressive ways and blending influences from all around the world. She is heavily invested in filmmaking that speaks from a feminist, intersectional, culturally diverse perspective, in a way that is unique, political and entertaining.
Creator of Making Films; a guerrilla filmmaking group with over 1700 members. She has curated and screened in London a total of 57 short films.
She is a freelance associate artist at the National Youth Theatre. Co-founder of Horatio Productions and the Science Fiction Theatre Festival in London, UK.

Broderick Chow (Approaches to Solo Performance) is the Deputy Dean of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Broderick teaches across a number of areas including postgraduate courses in Advanced Theatre Practice, Movement, Voice, and PhD research. His eclectic performance career has included musical theatre, stand-up, film and television, dance theatre, devising and directing, always with an emphasis on writing from your own individual place in the world. 

Sachi Kimura (Movement) 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. 

Kwong Loke (Voice) trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He runs voice and Shakespeare workshops in Tokyo with Caramel Box Theatre,  as well as teaches acting at Regent’s University London.
As an actor, he works across television, radio and theatre. He recently appeared in the tv series Gangs of London (HBO/SKY) and The Feed (Virgin/Prime). Theatre works include plays at the National Theatre, Royal Court, Noel Coward (West End) as well as at the Bristol Old Vic, The Almeida and Park Theatre.

Jum Rubin (International Devising) is a theatre director, acting coach and teacher. She has an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University. Recently she directed The Visit at EAST15, Iron at the Drama Studio London. She is a personal tutor at DSL. She was a finalist for ‘Young Director’s Award’, James Menzie-Kitchin Trust. She was an assistant director of Agamemnon and a dialect and culture coach of The King and I at Stratford Festival, Canada and for Phuket Fantasea, a spectacular performance with 200 actors in Thailand. She directed Mother Courage and Her Children at Patravadi Theatre sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Thailand and the UK premier of The Dressing Room by Shimisu Kunio. She worked with new playwrights and directed new plays at the John Gielgud theatre and at Hen and Chickenstheatre. She has also run workshops and masterclasses in Japan, Romania and Thailand.

Ramiro Silveira (Theatre Playground) is a Brazilian theatre director, researcher and senior lecturer. He is known for his innovative technique (subject of his PhD thesis) called Theatre Playground, a study of presence and relation based on rhythm, movement, and multicultural references to inspire creative connections.  Since 2001 he has been using his technique to direct theatre and run acting and directing workshops in many different countries. Working professionally as theatre director since 1995, Ramiro has directed more than 30 plays in Brazil and abroad and has received several awards, including the Volkswagen Theatre Award and the Brazilian International Press Award UK for his achievements as an international theatre director. Since 2015 Ramiro is the head of the BA World Performance course at East15 – University at Essex in UK.

New Earth Academy South is delivered by New Earth Theatre in partnership with ALRA, ArtsEd and LAMDA.
With support from Drama Studio London, East 15 Acting School, Mountview and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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