Constellation Creatives Bursary

Constellation Creatives Bursary

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 actors on stage and screen by supporting 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/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 will include 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).

To be eligible, students must be in their final year of a BA, MA or MFA course in Acting, Film/TV or Musical Theatre at any drama school in the UK and of East Asian/South East Asian descent*.

In light of the current ongoing situation with COVID-19, we will not be holding in person auditions this year. Instead, students will be asked to submit a self-tape of two contrasting audition pieces, no longer than 3 minutes each. Shortlisted students will then be asked to attend an online video interview with the judging panel on Saturday 5 June. 

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 18 May. Selected applicants will be notified at the beginning of June. 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 New Earth 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.”

To apply download the application and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send them both to [email protected] along with a headshot.
Growing up it was rare to see someone who looked like me on stage and screen, to leave drama school with this kind of industry backing and financial support is an extraordinary boost. My heartfelt thanks go to Yellow Earth Theatre for giving me opportunities that I otherwise would have struggled with.” – Sky Yang, Recipient of the bursary in 2020


*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.

Past winners: