About Emily

Freelance Theatre Director

I am a freelance theatre director in Louisville, KY.

I am interested in telling stories that center women, particularly topics that don’t tend to be discussed – pregnancy, abortion, motherhood, body image, and mental health.

I am interested in directing new plays that discuss these topics or devising work to address them and encourage social change.

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Background

While I have chosen to focus my directing on these very serious topics, my performing experience is quite different.

I fell in love with musical theatre at an early age, watching many film versions of musicals like My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, and Singing in the Rain. I loved singing and dancing along. I knew I wanted to perform but it took me a while to overcome my fear and actually audition for a musical.

In my junior year of high school I auditioned for my first musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. While in the show, a castmate introduced me to ballroom dancing and from there I was hooked. Ballroom dancing became a huge part of my identity for over ten years and continues to influence my choreography. Ballroom was my creative outlet until I fell back into theatre in 2015 and while I don’t dance as much as I used to, I still find time to go out salsa dancing with my husband.

Outside of theatre and dance, I am a wife, mother, and feminist. My journey as a mother is what led me to plays about motherhood. I rarely see myself reflected on stage and I want to change that. I want to tell those stories so other mothers can see that they’re not alone in their struggles.

As a feminist, I believe in reproductive justice so I seek to tell stories of women making difficult decisions about their bodies. I hope these stories can touch audience members and create a dialogue about these issues.

    Values

    I believe in a collaborative, non-hierarchical theatre space. I listen to everyone involved in the theatre process: the actors, stage managers, designers, and playwright. We make great art together.

    I believe theatre can be used to enact social change and I am exploring ways to do that.

    I believe in creating a safe rehearsal space by:

    • Making everyone feel welcome
    • Respecting individual boundaries
    • Encouraging questions
    • Addressing harm when it is caused and working to repair the damage
    • Focusing on the process, not the product. This means the people come first.
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