Originally from Los Angeles, Emma studied literature at Sarah Lawrence College before relocating to London. She has an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London and Shakespeare’s Globe. She then trained on MFA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
She has worked as a director, dramaturg, and research assistant across many disciplines, from opera to Restoration theatre to new writing. Recent directing credits include eco-noir socialist operatic film The Agency by Sarah Sigal and Matthew Olyver at Tête-à-Tête 2020, a livestreamed, OnComm award-winning production of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone, and Cabildo by Amy Beach at Grimeborn at the Arcola Theatre. An accomplished dramaturg and researcher, Emma has been the research consultant on Venice Preserved at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Absolute Hell at the National Theatre, during which she was mentored by Joe Hill-Gibbins, with whom she also worked on his production of Le Nozze di Figaro (Wuppertal and English National Opera). Assisting credits include These Wondering Stones (Barbican and Sound Unbound) The Noble Nine (Vaults 2019); Libuše (UCOpera); and The Fantastic Bohemian (Arcola Theatre). She is a reader for Pint-Sized Productions. Emma was longlisted for the JMK Award in 2020.
Emma is the co-founder of Global Origins, a platform and network for international and multicultural artists that she runs with Aneesha Srinivasan. In 2019, Global Origins Theatre curated Are We There Yet ?, a two day festival of multidisciplinary art by international and multicultural artists, at the CLF Arts Cafe (Bussey Building) October 25th and 26th. They launched HERE, a digital hub for international artists struggling during COVID-19. Global Origins has begun an open-source, collaboratively authored reader on decolonising the canon. Emma and Aneesha teach workshops on decolonising theatre, writing with identity, and ethical representation in theatre at drama schools and theatres including the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Guildhall, Mountview, and the Young Vic. Beginning in April 2021, Global Origins will be partnering with the Gate Theatre on REROUTED: a free monthly digital discussion group for international plays and performance intended to decolonise the canon and expand the limits of British theatre.