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New Earth Academy Alumni

New Earth Academy – Salford and Greater Manchester in partnership with New Earth Theatre is supported by The Lowry, Salford, HOME Manchester, Manchester International Festival, Royal Exchange Theatre, and Z-arts. 

The only course 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 playwriting, voice/movement/acting and theatre making training, providing a safe and supportive environment for them to develop new skills, creative networks, and engage with industry professionals in the performing arts. 

*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. 


Writers Academy

Writers Academy 2022 

New Earth Writers Academy Salford & Greater Manchester is a 10 week introduction to playwriting course run by playwright and dramaturg Naomi Sumner Chan for East and South East Asian writers based in the North West of England.

The course will give participants the opportunity to learn the core principles of playwriting and write their own short play which will be read by actors in an informal end of course sharing with an invited audience including friends, family and partner organisations.

Course Dates: 7th May – 8th July 2022
Rehearsed Reading: Fri 15 July, 3pm, The Lowry
Course Leader: Naomi Sumner Chan
Location: The Lowry

Performers Academy 

Performers Academy 2022

New Earth Performers Academy is a 1-week intensive week of in-person workshops and training at The Lowry, led by interdisciplinary theatre maker Jude Christian.

Students trained in person with the course leader, during the week there were sessions in voice and movement as well as additional guest workshops.

There were online lunchtime industry talks and the course finished with a showcase for an invited audience.

Course Dates: 11th – 15th July 2022
Sharing: Fri 15 Jul, 3pm, Aldridge Studio
Course Leader: Jude Christian
Location: The Lowry