The bursary, now in its 9th year aims to encourage and promote greater participation and representation of East Asian actors on stage and screen.

Yellow Earth Theatre have announced that Sky Yang from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artis the recipient of the 2020 Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary.

With this year’s bursary judged remotely, Yang will receive £1000 and a year’s subscription to Spotlight. This year the judging panel included John Cannon (Casting Director, BBC), Bryony Jarvis-Taylor (Casting Director, National Theatre), Orion Lee (Actor and sponsor of the bursary), Kumiko Mendl (Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre), and Helena Palmer (Casting Director, RSC).

Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre, Kumiko Mendl today said, “Amid all the uncertainties we face as an industry, the CC Bursary has given us a much needed opportunity to celebrate and shine a spotlight on British East Asian talent and I’m thrilled that we are able to award this year’s bursary to Sky Yang”.

In response to being awarded the bursary, Sky Yang said: “Growing up it was rare to see someone who looked like me on stage and screen, to leave drama school with this kind of industry backing and financial support is an extraordinary boost. My heartfelt thanks go to Yellow Earth Theatre for giving me opportunities that I otherwise would have struggled with.”

The Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary was created by Yellow Earth Theatre, which formed in 1995 under the artistic direction Kumiko Mendl. They produce new touring plays and readings across the year, as well as nurture BEA talent through their Yellow Earth Academy acting and writing courses and Professional Writers Programme.

To find out more about Yellow Earth Theatre visit: https://yellowearth.org/