©2019 by Wild Rabbit Productions


Wild Rabbit is a Nelson based theatre initiative run by trained actor and improviser Ruby Maschler.

We offer after-school drama classes for students age 7 all the way through to 18. 



Wild Rabbit classes, or Play Workshops as they are better known, are designed drawing on the principles of physical theatre and improvisation. Training in these disciplines is a cross between focus and fun. We play with the abstract, we allow our imaginations to take the reins at times. We explore with our bodies and become more articulate with our ideas. We learn to share in new ways.

Skills from theatre training spill over into everyday life. We allow ourselves to become more playful in interactions, look at problems with fresh eyes, work more cohesively with groups and have new language for interpreting and expressing the world around us. 

The ethos of Wild Rabbit is not that we "perform", but that we "explore". This is not the world of pantomimes and stock characters. This is the world of connecting one a deeper level with our intuition and with others. We pave the way for the next generations to come forward and share their stories in openness. 

Classes are dynamic, energetic, and fun. They are always open to the complete beginner and offer new techniques to those who have had training already. 



Ruby Maschler is a teacher, improvisor and theatre-maker from Nelson. She founded Wild Rabbit in London in 2018 with a vision of creating theatre that is fully alive, organic and impactful, and meeting the cutting edge of convention. She currently teaches all of the drama classes at Wild Rabbit, and absolutely loves it. One of her main sources of inspiration is her students and their never-ending imaginations!

She trained with Nelson based physical theatre company Body in Space, (2011-2015) and 16th St Actors Studio, Melbourne (2016-17). Ruby performed in The Firework Maker's Daughter (2012), and Metamorphoses (2015), as well as improv shows with The Deep End (2014-15) and People's Republic of Improv (June 2019- present). 

Ruby is inspired by timeless stories, enchanting characters and immersive experiences in theatre. She lives in her little cottage on a farm in Upper Moutere, where she drinks lots of tea, walks her 2 dogs and eats lots of 90% chocolate. 




AGE 7-10

Mondays, 3:30-4:30, Studio One, Nelson

Start date 12th August 2019

Tuesdays, 10-11, Studio One, Nelson (ongoing)

3:30-4:30, Whakatu Presbyterian, Stoke 

Start date 13th August 2019

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30, Riverside Community Centre, Lower Moutere (ongoing)

AGE 11-15

Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45, Whakatu Presbyterian Church Hall, Stoke 

Start date 13th August 2019

Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45, Riverside Community Centre, Lower Moutere

(Start date TBC - please register your interest)

AGE 15-18

Mondays, 4:45-5:45, Studio One, Nelson (Start date TBC - please register your interest)


If you are registering your interest for a theatre class, please include your child's name, age and the region of Nelson you are based in.

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