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As a playwright, dramaturg, and actor I have a passion for new work. I am excited by new works that take risks and push boundaries, bringing stories to the stage that don’t usually have a platform. I am particularly interested in telling stories centering around women. There are not enough complicated women onstage, and we deserve to be seen in all our wonderful complexity. We also deserve to be seen in all our diversity. Feminism must be intersectional and putting more white women onstage is not good enough.

I want you to feel what I felt.

I want you to know why story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth."

- Tim O'Brien

Current Projects
 
My Big Brother Fights Monsters

Emma's solo show, My Big Brother Fights Monsters, will be performed on November 4th, 2022 at her high school, Guerin Catholic in Noblesville, IN, and on November 5th and 6th, 2022 at The CAT in Carmel, IN. Emma is honored and absolutely bursting at the seams to be able to bring this show back to her hometown to share it with the people who knew and loved Jacob. 

 

Tickets will be available here soon.

Embarking on a project to declutter her life, Emma comes face to face with boxes of her brother Jacob’s things, which pull her into long-forgotten memories. My Big Brother Fights Monsters is a one-woman show that explores the playwright’s relationship with Jacob, who lost his battle with cancer at just 9 years old, leaving 5-year-old Emmie without her best friend. Now, Emma must ask: if these items don’t spark joy can she thank them and say goodbye, as Marie Kondo suggests, or can they somehow add up to the brother she lost?.

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The Midwives Circle: Term Five

Emma is working on a new project with The Midwives Circle: Term Five. 

The Midwife Circle is a network of peer support, advocacy, and accountability. Each individual in the network commits to serving as both a midwife and an artist for a nine month term. The goal in these relationships is to create space for seeds of artistic projects to grow, change, and deepen. This process is guided by a philosophy of generosity, curiosity, and making the artist the authority in the room.

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Publications and Podcasts

Emma's 10-minute play, To Fix A Dinosaur, is featured in an anthology titled, American Theatre in the Twenty-First Century, published by Future Publishing House. This anthology is available for purchase online here. Order before December 1st for free shipping!

Emma's monologue, On the Tracks, was published in the PlayGround Experiment's Faces of America anthology. This anthology is available for purchase online here, or in-store at Shakespeare & Co. in New York, NY. 

A portion of the proceeds for every book purchased will go to the ACLU.

Emma's 10-minute play, To Fix A Dinosaur, was featured on an episode of the Lights Up! podcast by the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. Tune in for a wonderful reading and an interview with Emma about the play!