Emma Weinstein is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama and a writer & director of films, installations, theater and opera. At Yale School of Drama, Emma directed Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris (now playing at New York Theater Workshop in an acclaimed production directed by Robert O’Hara), an all-female, pop-infused Romeo & Juliet set in a Catholic high school, and In the Palm of a Giant by Christopher Gabriel Nύñez as part of the New Play Lab. Emma directed The Guadalupes by Noah Diaz at Yale Cabaret and Near the Krummholz by Margaret Douglas for the Women’s Voices in Theater Festival. At Yale Rep, Emma was the Assistant Director to Anne Kauffman on Mary Jane. Emma’s thesis production shakespeare’s as u like it (an original + immersive adaptation) opened at Yale School of Drama on October 23rd.
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
Prior to Yale, Emma directed Dreamland, a 1:1 installation that explored audience agency in interactive narrative environments, and the 18-month national tour of Madeline Burrows's Mom Baby God. 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 has had developmental readings in New York, Chicago, and Detroit. Emma will direct a developmental reading of Frances Pollock’s new opera Stinney as part of the Prototype Festival in January 2019.
Emma graduated summa cum laude from Smith College. At Smith, Emma directed Marat/Sade, Private Lives, 'Tis of Thee, and The Distraction Project. Emma is an alumnus of the Drama League Directors Project and is a New Georges Associate Artist.
As an educator, Emma ran the Guerrilla Filmmaking Program for Teens and directed the teen ensemble’s touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 52nd Street Project. Emma was a Fall Festival Director for Shakespeare & Company and directed in their Shakespeare in the Courts program for adjudicated youth. Emma also taught workshops at Yes Theater in Hebron and at the Freedom Theater in Jenin Refugee Camp in the West Bank.