Emma's short film Candace premiered on May 13th in Cannes, France as part of the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival where it won BEST FILM. It continues to tour to festivals around the world. For more information on the film, please visit: www.candacefilm.com
Emma's theatrical work has been seen all over New York City, and in Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Washington DC, Boston, MA and Lincoln, Nebraska.
Recent Projects include: an all female pop-infused Romeo & Juliet, Jeremy O'Harris's Slave Play, Noah Diaz's The Guadalupes, Chris Nunez's In the Palm of a Giant, the 18-month national tour of Madeline Burrows's Mom Baby God, an all-female production of Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade, and Dreamland, a 1:1 installation that explores audience agency in interactive narrative environments. Emma is currently working on several original projects including Come My Beloved, a new play with music about the intersections of Jewish and Black history in Detroit, Michigan that will tour to Detroit and Chicago this winter.
Emma worked as an Assistant Director for Barry Edelstein at The Old Globe, Tony Simotes at Shakespeare & Company, Sheryl Kaller at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and Anne Kauffman at Yale Rep.
As an educator, Emma ran the Guerrilla Filmmaking Program for Teens and has worked with organizations such as The New Generation Theatre Ensemble and The 52nd Street Project. Emma was a Fall Festival Director for Shakespeare & Company and has directed in their Shakespeare in the Courts program for adjudicated youth.
Emma graduated summa cum laude from Smith College. Emma is an alumna of the Drama League Directors Project and is a New Georges Associate Artist. Emma is currently the 2019 Cullman Scholar in Yale School of Drama's Directing Program.