Emma Weinstein is a writer and a director of new plays, films, musicals, and interactive installations. At Yale School of Drama, Emma directed the first workshop production of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, 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’s thesis production was an immersive musical co-written with Michael Breslin that explored queer utopias and featured original songs by Julian Hornik. Emma’s short film Candace has played at festivals worldwide including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Film. Prior to grad school, Emma’s work included 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 has developed and directed work with companies like New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction and Working Theater. 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 recently directed a workshop production of Stinney: an American Execution, a new opera by Frances Pollock for the Prototype Festival in January 2019.
Emma graduated summa cum laude from Smith College, is an alumnus of the Drama League Directors Project and is a New Georges Associate Artist. Emma is currently in their final semester at Yale School of Drama where they’ll receive an M.F.A. in directing in May 2019.
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.