Tessa Wong wins New Earth Theatre’s Constellation Creatives Bursary 2021

Published on:
15th June 2021

BA Professional Acting student Tessa Wong has been awarded New Earth Theatre’s Constellation Creatives Bursary.

Now in its ninth year, the 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.

The bursary is awarded to a drama school student of East Asian/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. The panel this year included 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).

The bursary is provided by actor Orion Lee, “I believe in the collaborative nature of our industry and in working together to constantly make it better. I think New Earth 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.”

Congratulations Tessa!

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice