Following the success of their online Summer Spread of courses, Wise Children today announce The School for Wise Children’s Workrooms. Emma Rice and her trusted team of collaborators will once again create an online creative space to engage with emerging artists. Wise Children’s core team, Emma Rice, Poppy Keeling, Laura Keefe and Ian Ross, will be joined by guest tutors including Joel Horwood, Daniel Kok, Yolanda Mercy, Dina Mousawi, John Pfumojena and Ros Brooke-Taylor, with more to be announced.

The Workrooms include four courses each focused on a different area of theatre-making: directing, performing, writing and producing. Each of the four courses will also have a corresponding online talk open to the wider public. Running from 1 March – 27 April, 50% of places on the courses are available free.

Emma Rice, Artistic Director, said today, “It was with trepidatious hearts that we moved our teaching and theatre practice online last year. My experience had taught me that nothing could match the chemistry of a face to face encounter and I felt, at best, we would be surviving by making this switch. I am more thrilled than anyone to have discovered that we not only survived, we thrived! We discovered that the digital platform was intuitive, creatively intimate and personal. With renewed enthusiasm and confidence, we are delighted to be launching the Wise Children Workrooms and look forward to welcoming a new class to our digital school. Here’s to hope, surprise, bravery and smart dreaming!”

Courses uses a mixture of group and individual sessions, and will see students work closely with course leaders to develop their own ideas and practice. Each course will have at least 9 hours of contact time plus time for students to develop independent projects. To aid in creating an on and off-stage workforce that represents the world we live in, Wise Children are encouraging applications from groups currently under-represented in the industry.


Course: 1 March – 10 March

Gain a unique insight into Emma Rice’s directing and writing process. Co-led by the School for Wise Children’s Head of Performance, Laura Keefe.

Talk: Monday 1 March at 1pm


Course: 8 March – 19 March

Join the School for Wise Children’s Head of Music, Ian Ross, and musician and performer, John Pfumojena, to explore lyrics, composition and how to communicate ideas to an artist.

Talk: Monday 8 March at 1.30pm


Course: 15 March – 30 March

Joel Horwood and Yolanda Mercy combine their writing experience to help emerging artists unleash the potential of their work.

Talk: Monday 15 March at 1.30pm


Course: 23 March – 27 April

Wise Children’s Executive Producer, Poppy Keeling, and producers from across the industry share their experience and skills to provide an in-depth understanding of the role of the producer.

Talk: Tuesday 27 April at 6pm

Courses cost £135 (including membership of the Wise Children Club). 50% of course places are available free to UK residents receiving means-tested benefits, or otherwise in need of financial support. Talks cost £5 and are open to all.

For more information or to apply please visit: https://www.wisechildrendigital.com/upcoming-courses-workrooms

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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