The Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary

Now in its tenth 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 or 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.

This year, the panel will include John Cannon (Casting Director, BBC), Bryony Jarvis-Taylor (Casting Director, National Theatre), Hannah Miller (Casting Director, Royal Shakespeare 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 or South East Asian decent*.

*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.

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 25 June.  The winner of the bursary will be announced in July. The Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary is provided by Orion Lee, awarded by New Earth Theatre and sponsored by Spotlight UK.

To apply, complete the application form below. You will be then sent information about submitting your self tapes.
Application deadline is Monday 6 June, 5pm. Applicants selected for the interview will be notified by 20 June.

Application Form

“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, 2021 Winner

"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.”

Orion Lee

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