New Earth Academy

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.

Our 2022 academy will be a hybrid of online and in-person courses. This year we have expanded to include participants in the North East of England (Leeds) as well as the regions we've previously included; North West (Salford & Greater Manchester), Midlands (Birmingham) and the South of England (London).

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*East and South 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.

Click on an individual programme below to get more information on course dates, guest tutors and locations.

Performers and Off Stage Academy applications now open.

Writers Academy 2022

Weekly professional training sessions, every Saturday.

Performers Academy 2022

1-week and 2-week intensive professional training.

Off Stage Academy 2022

Online weekly professional training sessions, every Wednesday.

“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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