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Adapting and Directing for Emerging Directors

with Emma Rice and Laura Keefe

1st March - 10th March

Join award-winning Artistic Director, Emma Rice, and Wise Children’s Head of Performance, Laura Keefe, for a unique insight into Emma’s process. The course will involve group sessions, an individual task and one-to-one time with Emma and Laura to explore and develop your ideas and approach. All elements will take place online.

We're looking for theatre-makers with some experience of directing live theatre, of any length or scale, who are ready to develop their adaptation/directing practice with the School for Wise Children.


To apply, complete the application form and upload a two-minute video containing: a brief introduction to you, why you'd like to study with the School for Wise Children and two ideas for shows, one smart and one silly. For help recording your video click here. Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply. If you have any questions about the course, contact


Applications are now closed but you can still attend the Workroom Talk.

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Dates- Monday 1st March to Wednesday 10th March.

The course will involve 10 hours of contact time online and there will be tasks to work on between sessions. Here is a provisional schedule for the course.  Timings can and may change depending on student availability.

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

As a course student you will automatically receive a free ticket to your subject’s If you buy a ticket before receiving your place, this can be refunded.

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 Wise Children's Head Of Performance

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.