Do you want to act professionally? Are you looking to hone your craft? Have you always wanted the opportunity to work with Singapore’s leading theatre company?

Young & Wild could be the perfect fit for you!

Under the leadership of award-winning theatre-maker and veteran drama instructor Edith Podesta, this year-long comprehensive acting programme aims to prepare promising young talents for careers in the creative industry.

Working alongside local and international theatre professionals, Young & Wild offers participants the unique opportunity to experience and learn how a professional theatre company creates work, connects with an audience, and engages with the community.

Over 10 months, the programme will explore the essential techniques required for acting on stage and screen. Modules include a foundation in European Naturalism; classes in Viewpoints, Laban and Physical Characterisation, Contemporary Play Production; and workshops on professional development and career management.

The programme will culminate in our Young & Wild ensemble presenting their own showcase as part of Wild Rice’s season.

If you are interested in auditioning or if you know someone who will benefit from this exciting programme, do get in touch with us!

  • COURSE DATES: 14 August 2022 – 20 May 2023 (4 terms over 10 months)
  • SHOWCASE DATES: 7 – 14 May 2023
  • TRAINING SESSIONS: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm every Sunday
  • Depending on programme requirements, the frequency of classes might increase in certain months and/or in the run-up to productions. Participants might have to attend extra workshops when master classes conducted by other instructors are arranged.
  • ESTIMATED CLASS SIZE: 15-18 participants
  • AGE RANGE: 18-30 years old
  • PROGRAMME FEES: $1,500 (before GST)
    9 July, Saturday, 10am – 9pm
  • 16 July, Saturday, 10am – 9pm

All applicants must be able to commit to the above timeline for the programme.


Prepare and memorise two short monologues (1 – 2 minutes in length)

  1. One monologue from a Shakespeare play; and
  2. A contrasting monologue from a contemporary play of your choosing.

Please select your monologues from published plays only.

Your audition will also include a short interview.

Interested candidates should submit their applications (including their CV in pdf format and a recent headshot) through this Google form. Audition slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply for an audition no later than 30 June 2022.

If you have any enquiries about the programme, please email Benjamin Lye, our programme administrator, at


Edith Podesta is an award-winning actor, theatre-maker and choreographer based in Singapore. She studied Acting and Movement Studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), holds a Master of Arts Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Young & Wild at Wild Rice. Her diverse artistic background includes co-founding A Group Of People, an award-winning collaborative ensemble of Singaporean actors and theatre-makers, whose production of A Cage Goes In Search Of A Bird won Production of the Year at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards in 2010. In 2014, she won the Straits Times Life! Theatre Best Actress Award for her role in Cake Theatrical Productions’ Illogic, directed by Natalie Hennedige. In 2017, she was awarded Best Original Script and Production of the Year for BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species, commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. In 2019, her production of Leda and The Rage, commissioned and produced by The Esplanade, received the Production of the Year Award. Edith has lectured at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and School of the Arts in Singapore, as well as NIDA, Conservatorium of Music and University of Technology in Australia.

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