New Earth Academy 2021

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Applications are now open for New Earth Academy 2021

The only programme of its kind in the UK, New Earth Academy provides free, specialist training and opportunities for British East and South East Asians* (BESEA) aged 18+ who are interested in developing their skills and engagement in the performing arts.

Initially a week-long acting summer school based in London, the Academy has grown over its 12 years to encompass a range of disciplines and locations. New Earth Academy plays a key role in addressing the under representation of BESEA artists on UK stages and screens, both on and off stage, by providing a safe and supportive environment to gain access to professional training, develop new skills, join creative networks and engage with industry professionals.

This year there will be academies online in writing, performing, and technical theatre for participants in the North West, Midlands and the South of England. 

Please click on the programme you are interested in to find out more. Deadline is Tuesday 27 April 5pm.

A Performers Academy open to those based in the South of the UK.

A Performers and a Writers Academy open to those based in the North West.

A Performers Academy open to those based in the Midlands.

An Off Stage Academy open to anyone in the UK who is interested in learning about technical theatre.

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What New Earth Academy participants have said:

“The sense of belonging, I’ve never met so many people who I felt like I didn’t have to justify cultural differences or why I felt a certain way when talking about certain spaces, because it was already understood.”

Being a part of this Academy has given me a very rare insight into an industry that can sometimes feel inaccessible as an artist of East Asian descent and I have not only learnt valuable skills that will help me on my career journey, but also that there is indeed a space for people like me in the acting community; thanks to the amazing work of New Earth.”

Had the Academy not been free, there was no way I would’ve been able to participate in, what was for me, a life changing experience.”

Past New Earth Academy Participants


*East/Southeast 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.