New Earth Academy North West

New Earth Academy North West

New Earth Academy North West

Photo by Ikin Yum

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

Performers Academy

The New Earth Performers Academy North West is a five week online performance course. No previous performance experience is needed just a willingness to play and be open, you can come from any discipline or background. We welcome all ages from 18+.

Every Saturday afternoon students will meet online with director Kash Arshad. 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 27 April, 5pm
• 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 Friday 30 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. 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.

Meet the Tutor: Kash Arshad

Hello! I’m Kash, a theatre director based in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Some of my recent directing credits include: Mountains, Moon Landing and Parallels – Part of Beyond Chinatown Signal Fires Project (New Earth Theatre Company), Love and Information (ALRA North), Stolen Rainbows (M6 Theatre Company), Guards at the Taj (Theatre by the Lake), Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile and BD Stories (Freedom Studios), Airplays (Leeds Playhouse), Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks (Oldham Coliseum), Memories of Partition (Royal Exchange).
I’m currently working on projects with Graeae, National Youth Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Tamasha and National Theatre Connections.
I’m really excited to be working with New Earth again, especially with the incredible Academy! 


Writers Academy

The New Earth Writers Academy North West is an nine week long introduction to playwriting for British East and South East Asian writers. No previous experience of script writing is required – all you need to take part is something to write on and a willingness to have a go!

Led by playwright and dramaturg Naomi Sumner Chan the course will give participants the opportunity to learn the core principles of playwriting and write their own short play which will be read by actors in an informal end of course sharing. You might already write stories, poems or scripts for film and television and now want to have a go at writing for live theatre. Each week will have a specific focus and include writing exercises where you put what you’ve learnt into practice. There will also be a small amount of homework to do between sessions e.g. reading a play extract and/or completing a short writing exercise.

Important Dates:

• Deadline for applications Tuesday 27 April, 5pm
• Online interviews will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 8 May
• Course begins online Saturday 22 May and runs every other Saturday 11am-1pm until Saturday 17 July
• There will be a final sharing on Friday 23 July 2-4pm
• There will be additional Guest workshops on Saturday 29 May, 12 June and 26 June 11am-1pm

To apply:

• Fill out the application below.
• You will be asked to write a paragraph telling us about yourself and any previous writing experience you might have. Please let us know what you hope to gain from being part of the Writers Academy as well as what you can bring to the group.
• You will also be asked to write a short conversation (maximum 3 pages) between two characters inspired by the theme of “Home.”
• You will also need to submit an Equal Opportunities form, which you can download by clicking on the button below.

Meet the tutor: Naomi Sumner

Naomi is a Manchester based playwright and dramaturg fuelled by salt and vinegar crisps and cups of tea. She leads new writing company Brush Stroke Order working with artists to develop text based work for live performance.
Her work has been performed at theatres across the North of England and in London including York Theatre Royal, CAST, Oldham Coliseum, Arcola Theatre and Theatre 503. Her play SAME SAME DIFFERENT was commissioned by Eclipse Theatre and toured to venues across the North of England in 2019.
Recent projects include working as dramaturg on New Earth Theatre’s Signal Fires event Beyond Chinatown and developing a T.V. drama spec script with BBC Writersroom. She is currently working on a new commission about Chinese takeaways in rural areas of the U.K.

New Earth Academy North West is delivered by New Earth Theatre in partnership with: Contact, HOME, Horizons Collective, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Royal Exchange Theatre, The Lowry and Z-arts.
With support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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

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