The School for
Wise Children


The School for Wise Children offers training courses and apprenticeships for actors, musicians, directors, designers and writers.

Led by Emma - and the leading industry figures who are her regular collaborators - the School is made up of flexible training modules of different durations, scheduled in a time frame that is realistic for those who can’t afford to stop work while training.

50% of places are free.

We're committed to ensuring that the widest possible range of people can access the School, and will spend the next two years testing different approaches to recruitment for the School.

This means there will be different ways to join each different course, so sign up to our mailing list to be notified when places become available. 


Next course:   

The Creative Toolkit 

Emma  Rice’s School for Wise Children, in partnership with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 

Monday 29 April – Friday 17 May, excluding weekends 

Ashton Court, Bristol

Cost: flexible depending on circumstances.

Applications now closed.



Emma  Rice’s particular blend of multi-disciplinary theatre relies on an ensemble who can use all the tools in their creative kit to bring stories to life. The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) is one of the most respected and successful conservatoire drama schools in the UK, providing training of the highest calibre.   


This unique three-week course brings Wise Children and BOVTS together and offers an intensive grounding in the skills needed to create and perform as an ensemble – and to make theatre magic!  


During the course, students will train with BOVTS acting, voice and movement tutors, and with Wise Children’s lead practitioners including Artistic Director Emma Rice and Music Director Ian Ross.  


Each week will build from the last, with Week One focused on ensemble work and skills building. In Week Two, participants will create a piece under Emma’s direction, and in Week Three they’ll use everything they’ve learnt to create an original devised piece.  


All students will need to be able to perform, sing and move confidently - so we’re expecting most applicants will have at least some previous performing experience. We are committed to equal opportunities and actively welcome candidates from all backgrounds.  


 Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation, but Wise Children may also be able to help with the costs of accommodation, travel and / or other access costs if needed. 


The course is aimed at ages 18+.


Applications for The Creative Toolkit are now closed. Sign up to our newlsetter using the box below to be one of the first to know about future School for Wise Children courses.