Constellation Creatives Bursary

Constellation Creatives Bursary

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 Alastair Coomer (Head of Casting, National Theatre), Helena Palmer (Casting Director, RSC), John Cannon (Casting Director,BBC), Orion Lee (Actor) and Kumiko Mendl (Artistic Director, Yellow Earth).

To be eligible, students must be in their final year of a Acting, Film/TV or Musical Theatre course at any drama school in the UK and of East Asian decent

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 audition pieces, one classical and one modern of no longer than 3 minutes each. Selected students will then be asked to “attend” an online video interview with the judging panel on Saturday 13 June. 

Application deadline is 5pm Friday 22 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 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.

Past winners: