Even as we work hard to stay connected with our audiences, WILD RICE is eager to champion and promote the growth and development of Singapore’s performing arts industry – especially its theatre-makers. These are difficult times for all of us, and we want to do our part to invest in the artists of tomorrow.

To this end, WILD RICE has offered two mentorship programmes designed to nurture and support aspiring and emerging directors and playwrights to our arts community.


Under this initiative, we put out an open call in April 2020 that offered successful applicants the opportunity to work closely with Ivan Heng, our Founding Artistic Director, in creating and directing their own shows. Each applicant will be awarded a grant of up to $10,000 to translate their vision into reality – directing a show that will be presented in WILD RICE’s own performing arts complex in Funan.

Read our open call here, and stay tuned for more information on our director residency programme!


From May to June 2020, WILD RICE’s Resident Playwright, Alfian Sa’at, offered aspiring playwrights one-to-one virtual consultations, in which he shared his expertise in playwriting and dramaturgy with individuals who are developing ideas into scripts or already have works in progress.

Details about the workshops can be found here. Applications for this programme are currently closed.

You can read about Alfian’s experience working with his first student with blindness, Lim Lee Lee, here.

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