Yellow Earth Theatre is an internationally touring theatre company based in London and established in 1995 to raise the profile of British East Asian theatre.The company also runs several initiatives to support and develop British East Asian talent.
The company has received national attention for its support of minority actors, writers and directors.
The current artistic director is Kumiko Mendl.
In 2011, the company began collaborating with Academy of Live and Recorded Arts to increase the number of East Asians attending drama school in the United Kingdom.
The company was founded by David K.S. Tse, Kumiko Mendl, Tom Wu, Veronica Needa and Kwong Loke.
David K.S. Tse was the Artistic Director 1995-2008; Jonathan Man and Philippe Cherbonnier co-Artistic Directors 2009-2010; and Kumiko Mendl the current Artistic Director from 2011-present. In 2017, Mendle spoke out on this issue of under representation of actors with Asian heritage. Self-identifying as British Asian, she stated that there were "a great many wonderful, talented British Asian actors, but we get few enough roles as it is, because we're not seen as English".
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