Constellation Creatives Bursary – Applications now open!
Now in its eighth year, the Constellation Creatives Bursary aims to encourage and promote greater participation and representation of British East Asian 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 together as well as a FREE year’s subscription to Spotlight.
The bursary is awarded to a drama school student of East Asian/Southeast 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 will include casting directors from the National Theatre, RSC and BBC.
To be eligible, students must be in their final year of a two or three year Acting, Film/TV or Musical Theatre course at any drama school and of East Asian decent.
Auditions will be held in London on Saturday 13 June. Students must come prepared to present two audition pieces, one classical and one modern of no longer than 3 minutes each and to sight read. Students should arrive 15 mins before their appointed time when they will be provided with an extract from a script for the sight reading. They will not be required to sing.
In light of the current ongoing situation with COVID-19 we have made the following contingency plans if we can not meet in person: Students will be asked to self tape their audition pieces, which are to be sent prior to a livestream interview. We will contact you nearer the time if this is looking likely but either way we are committed to awarding the bursary.
Application deadline is 5pm Friday 22 May. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of May. The winner of the bursary will be announced in June.
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 Yellow Earth is a great organisation, constantly offering opportunities to BEA performers. I’m proud to support it and the future of our industry by providing this bursary.”
*Eligible applicants must be able to live and work in the UK with at least one parent of East Asian descent. East Asian descent includes: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their Diasporas.