NPO 2017: Emma Rice confirms post-Globe plans with new theatre company

Emma Rice, artistic director at the Globe.
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Emma Rice is to form a new theatre company when she steps down as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe next year.

The company, called Wise Children, will be based in the South West of England and will work with venues through a series of residencies to create “innovative ensemble theatre” that will then be toured nationally and abroad.

The company has been awarded Arts Council England funding as part of its 2018-2022 national portfolio.

Rice will lead the company when she leaves the Globe in 2018. Her shock departure as artistic director was announced in 2016, following a row over her use of artificial sound and lighting at the venue.

The company will also create a training and apprenticeship scheme, Emma Rice’s School for Wise Children, which will have a focus on diversifying the creative workforce.

Training will be structures around intensive modules, and Rice will work with theatre practitioners to develop their content.

She said she was “delighted” that the Arts Council had chosen to support her new company, adding: “Anyone starting up a new theatre company in the current climate struggles against the odds to get started, and the Arts Council have given us a much-needed chance to begin our journey.”

“I look forward to growing Wise Children to become the inclusive, passionate and imaginative company I know it will be. We will nurture and support diverse new voices and talent, bringing them together with the most brilliant and creative established artists and practitioners in the industry,” Rice said.