Constellation Creatives Bursary


The 2021 Constellation Creatives Bursary has been awarded to Tessa Wong who has just completed a BA in Professional Acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


This incredible opportunity provided by New Earth Theatre has been a constant source of inspiration and hope for me as a young Asian actress in training. I am full of gratitude for this valuable kick start into the industry, and I am eager to champion the importance of representation and opportunity throughout my career. – Tessa Wong

Now in its ninth year, the Constellation Creatives Bursary aims to encourage and promote greater participation and representation of British East and South East Asian (BESEA) actors on stage and screen by easing the pathway from graduating student to professional actor. It provides £1,000 towards additional expenses incurred in that transitional period as well as a FREE year’s subscription to Spotlight.

The bursary is awarded to a drama school student of East and South East Asian descent who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has best demonstrated at the audition/interview that they have the talent, skills and commitment to succeed as a professional actor. The panel this year included John Cannon (Casting Director, BBC), Bryony Jarvis-Taylor (Casting Director,National Theatre), Hannah Miller (Casting Director, Royal Shakespear Company), Orion Lee (Actor and Benefactor) and Kumiko Mendl (Artistic Director, New Earth Theatre).

The bursary is provided by actor Orion Lee, “I believe in the collaborative nature of our industry and in working together to constantly make it better. I think New Earth Theatre is a great organisation, constantly offering opportunities to BESEA performers. I’m proud to support it and the future of our industry by providing this bursary.”

The Bursary is awarded by New Earth Theatre and provided by Orion Lee and Spotlight.


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