Open Call for Aspiring and Emerging Directors!

Have you always wanted to tell a story in the theatre? Are you looking for ways to hone your skills and grow as a director? You’ll get the opportunity to do all that and more through WILD RICE’s new residency programme for theatre directors!

Under this intensive and stimulating residency with WILD RICE, you will have the opportunity to work closely with Ivan Heng, our Founding Artistic Director, as you work towards creating a show of your own. He will support, challenge and encourage you – from the first moment of conceptualisation, all the way through to rehearsals and until the curtain goes up on your show.

Successful applicants will be awarded a grant of up to $10,000 to translate their vision into reality – in the form of three performances before audiences in WILD RICE’s Studio Theatre. WILD RICE will also provide each applicant with all necessary technical support as well as access to rehearsal spaces.

Interested candidates should submit the following to Koh Bee Bee at

  • Latest CV
  • A brief bio including any relevant theatre credits (200 words max)
  • Proposal for a production of a play of your choosing, including your concept and how you feel it speaks to the contemporary moment, addresses under-explored issues and/or features under-represented communities.

Deadline: 6 May 2020 (Wednesday), 12pm

For short-listed candidates, interviews will take place on 11 and 12 May 2020 via video-conferencing.

In a pioneering career spanning three decades, Ivan has directed, acted in and designed many landmark Singapore theatre productions, which have toured to over 20 cities around the world. He founded WILD RICE in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has reached out to an audience of more than a million people, and is today at the vanguard of creating theatre with a distinctive Singaporean voice. In 2013, Ivan was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural honour. He shares his practice by giving workshops internationally, and has taught at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London), Tramway (Glasgow), Intercult (Stockholm), Kannonhallen (Denmark), Dramalab (Malaysia) and LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore).

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