Off Stage Academy

Off Stage Academy

Off Stage Academy

Photo by Ikin Yum

This year we will be offering the first ever Off Stage Academy for British East and South East Asians* (BESEA) who have an interest in learning what it takes to make theatre from behind the scenes.

The New Earth Off Stage Academy is an introductory, six week, online course in technical theatre. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and discover what different roles are available through interactive workshops with leading BESEA design creatives. No previous experience is required and you can come from any discipline or background. We welcome all ages from 18+, based anywhere in the UK.

Classes will take place every Thursday afternoon 3-5pm and will include workshops with BESEA industry professionals in set, lighting, sound and audio visual design.

Important Dates:

• Deadline for applications Tuesday 4 May, 5pm
• Course begins online Thursday 24 June 3-5pm. Sessions run every Thursday afternoon until 29 July.

To Apply:

• Fill out the application below.
• You will be asked to write a paragraph telling us about yourself and any previous theatre experience you might have. (Previous experience is not required.) Please let us know what you hope to gain from being part of the Off Stage 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:

Nicola T. Chang (Sound Design) is a composer/sound designer for stage and screen. She is a member of the 2020/21 Old Vic 12 cohort (Composer/Sound Designer), BFI x BAFTA Crew (Film Composer) and a Composer/Musical Director attached to British Youth Music Theatre UK. She was the co-winner of the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund (Audio Design) with Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in 2021. In 2017, she conducted the London Film Music Orchestra playing her original soundtrack to The Perfect Dinner accompanied by a live film screening, and premiered her concerto for Ping Pong and Piano Trio at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2019. Select theatre credits: 15 Heroines (Jermyn Street Theatre/Digital Theatre), Miss Julie (Chester Storyhouse), Funeral Flowers (Camden Roundhouse/Hackney Empire), Wild Goose Dreams (Theatre Royal Bath), Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre), White Pearl (Royal Court), The King of Hell’s Palace (Hampstead Theatre), The Death of Ophelia (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe), Summer Rolls (Park Theatre).

Lulu Tam (Set and Costume Design) is a scenographer who likes to explore cross-disciplinary works in a variety of spaces. She graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with Distinction in MA Scenography and has a BA in Theatre, Film and Television Art Designing. She works internationally, and her work has been show in renowned festivals, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011 & 2019, London Art Biennale 2015, World Stage Design 2017, etc. She was a finalist of Linbury Prize and the winner of Taking the Stage supported by British Council Ukraine in 2015. She is now a visiting professional at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Lian Wilkinson (Additional Prop Design and Producing) is the Executive Producer of New Earth Theatre, having previously worked at Belgrade Theatre Coventry with Tamasha, English Touring Theatre and as an independent producer. She found her roots in technical theatre at the COMEDIA Theater in Cologne, Germany and with the National Youth Theatre, getting involved with stage management, props, lighting and sound design. 

New Earth Academy North West is delivered by New Earth Theatre in partnership with: ALRA, ArtsEd, Birmingham Hippodrome, Contact, HOME, Horizons Collective, LAMDA, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Royal Birmingham Conservatorie of Acting, Royal Exchange Theatre, The Lowry and Z-Arts.

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