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Adapting and Directing for Emerging Directors

with Emma Rice and Laura Keefe

Join award-winning Artistic Director Emma Rice, and Wise Children’s Associate Director Laura Keefe, for a unique insight into Emma’s process. The course will involve group sessions, an individual task and one-on-one time with Emma to explore and develop ideas and approach. All elements will take place online - but will be all the better for it as we seize the opportunities this new situation brings!

We are looking for theatre-makers with experience of directing live theatre who are ready to develop their adaptation and directing practice with the School for Wise Children.


Applications for Adapting and Directing for Emerging Directors are now closed.

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Dates - Monday 15th June to Friday 26th June. The course will comprise 9 hours of contact time on Zoom, plus time spent working independently on projects.

Click here for the provisional timetable.

Price* - £135 (includes membership of the Wise Children Club), with free places available

About the course leaders

Emma Rice


Emma is the proud Artistic Director of Wise Children. She adapted and directed the company’s first two productions, Angela Carter’s Wise Children and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, and revived the gorgeous Romantics Anonymous.

Emma's shows:

As Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe: Romantics Anonymous, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales).

As joint Artistic Director of Kneehigh: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk,Tristan & Yseult, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, The Wild Bride, The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock,The Bacchae, Cymbeline (in association with RSC); A Matter of Life and Death (in association with National Theatre);Rapunzel (in association with Battersea Arts Centre); Brief Encounter (in association with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Productions); Don John (in association with the RSC and Bristol Old Vic); Wah! Wah! Girls (in association with Sadler’s Wells and Theatre Royal Stratford East for World Stages); and Steptoe and Son.


Emma received the Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre award at the 2019 UK Theatre Awards. 

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Lara Keefe

Laura Keefe

Laura is a Wise Children Associate Director.

Direction includes:

Parakeet (Boundless Theatre); Robin Hood & One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Watermill Theatre); Dennis of Penge (Ovalhouse/Albany Theatre); Ladykillers of Humber Doucy Lane (Eastern Angles); My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre/Roundhouse/Southbank Centre); Turning a Little Further & The Lost (Young Vic).

Associate Direction includes: Romantics Anonymous & Malory Towers (Wise Children).

Assistant Direction includes: Brief Encounter (Kneehigh); Romantics Anonymous, The Two Gentlemen of Verona & Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); As You Like It (National Theatre); Feast (Young Vic); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Laura is a Creative Associate at The Northwall, Oxford

*The School for Wise Children is committed to making theatrical training accessible and offers at least 50% of our places for free to those who would not be able to train otherwise. Due to our funding, we are unable to offer free places to those outside the UK. You need to be aged 18 or older to participate in a School for Wise Children course. 

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