An acting summer school for British East Asians

We believe the academy plays an active role in addressing the under representation of British East Asian (BEA) actors on UK stages and screens. It is the only one of its kind in the country actively seeking and giving free training to aspiring actors of East Asian and South East Asian descent.

Run by the UK’s award winning theatre company Yellow Earth, it provides an excellent opportunity for BEA’s of all ages to experience a taste of drama school training and the skills expected of professional performers and it’s completely FREE.

A desire to pursue a career in the performing arts can leave people feeling extremely isolated within their community and family. They may not know anyone else who has the same passions and dreams, they may not know where to go to access training or they may not even think that there is a place for them in the performance industry. Yellow Earth Academy provides an opportunity for people with similar passions and interests to come together, develop and gain new skills, meet and learn from professionals in the field and build working relationships with fellow BEA’s from around the country.

The Academy began 10 years ago in London when we ran our first successful one week course in partnership with the drama school ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts). This grew over the years to become two weeks with a different focus on acting every year.

Last year we were thrilled to be able to open a new Academy in Birmingham in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Together with the Rep and the Hippodrome we set out to find young BEA’s from Birmingham and the West Midlands interested in acting and performing.

Stage Combat Class

We held a taster talk at the Rep, open workshops at the Hippodrome then 13 young people joined us for a week at the Conservatoire taking classes in voice, movement, acting and stage combat run by professional tutors from the Conservatoire and Yellow Earth. Directors Mei Mac* and Rob Penny (currently touring in Cat in the Hat with Leicester Curve) worked in the afternoons to present a showcase at the end of the week that was presented to friends and family in the beautiful recital hall at the Conservatoire.

No previous experience is necessary

You don’t have to want to become a professional actor to join the Academy, you can do it because you are just curious, want to challenge yourself, want to meet new people, learn new skills, boost your confidence and have fun.

This is just a sample of some of the excellent feedback we had from last year’s participants

Great experience, had lots of fun and brilliant !

Definitely challenging but incredibly rewarding

I can not fault any part of the experience I have had this week , just wish it was longer

It was an unforgettable experience that not only gives skills relevant to theatre, but essential life skills

I love it and I have gained a family 

It will push you out of your comfort zone and you will be a stronger and better person for it.

Students with Certificates

From last year’s cohort of students, one is now at drama school in London, one has begun taking on extra roles in films, one is making films and all participated in the Birmingham Opera production 2018

The course is delivered free to all students to encourage uptake and enable those who wouldn’t normally be able to access a course like this to participate.

Yellow Earth Academy: Birmingham
Dates | 29 July – 2 August 2019 (You must be free to attend every day Mon – Fri)
Venue | Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Acting, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XGP

Open Workshop | will be on Saturday 11 May, 4 – 6pm at Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome.

EXTENDED DEADLINE to apply is noon on Friday 10 May

Please let your colleagues, friends and family know about this incredible opportunity

For more information and an application form please click below

For more information on Yellow Earth Theatre please visit the website

*Mei Mac was a student at our very first Academy 10 years ago in London, she comes from Birmingham and since that first Academy she has been working as an actor and performer ever since. Mei was in the Birmingham Rep Christmas shows The One Hundred and One Dalmations and the BFG and most recently played the lead role in the Belgrade Theatre’s production of Under the Umbrella that toured the UK in association with Yellow Earth and Tamasha Theatre.

Video of Mei Mac talking about the Birmingham Academy