Emma Rice

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Emma Rice
Born Emma Juliet Rice
August 1967
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Occupation Director
Known for Shakespeare's Globe,
Kneehigh Theatre

Emma Juliet Rice[1] (born August 1967) is an English actress, director and theatre professional. In January 2016 she was appointed to be the artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London. Just a few months into the role, in October 2016, it was announced that Rice would be leaving it in April 2018; the announcement followed a decision by the theatre's board, which cited concerns over authenticity and her use of lighting technology.[2][3] Formerly, Rice was artistic director of the Kneehigh Theatre in Cornwall, England.

Rice was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire[4] and grew up in Nottingham.[5] She moved to London to study acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to perform at Kneehigh beginning in 1994.[6] Kneehigh Artistic directors Bill Mitchell and Mike Shepherd eventually gave her a shot at directing,[7] and she rose to prominence with ambitious performances that included productions in London's West End as well as smaller theatres. Rice says that her long-running production of The Red Shoes represented a turning point in her career when she came into her own.[7][8]

An adaptation of Rebecca directed by Rice toured the UK in 2015.[9][10]

Standard Issue Magazine made her their woman of the year in 2016 for “her fearlessness, leadership, innovation and bravery”.[11]


  1. ^ "Emma Juliet RICE – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Emma Rice: Shakespeare's Globe boss to leave over lighting row". BBC News Online. BBC. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ Brown, Mark (25 October 2016). "Emma Rice to step down as artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  4. ^ "findmypast.co.uk". Search.findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  5. ^ Chris Wiegand, Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Emma Rice of Kneehigh as new artistic director, The Guardian, 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ Serena Davies, Emma Rice appointed as artistic director of the Globe, The Telegraph, 1 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b Laura Barnett, Portrait of the artist: Emma Rice, artistic director, The Guardian, 29 May 2012.
  8. ^ Elisabeth Mahoney, The Red Shoes, The Guardian, 3 August 2010.
  9. ^ Kneehigh Theatre, Rebecca: Directed and adapted by EMMA RICE.
  10. ^ Dominic Cavendish, Rebecca, Malvern Theatre, review: 'eerily entertaining', The Telegraph, 09 May 2015
  11. ^ Campbell, Karen. "Woman of the Year: Emma Rice". Standard Issue Magazine. Retrieved 1 January 2017.