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 and recently trained on the MFA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Soho Theatre Writers' Lab 2018.
Since graduating, she has worked as a director, dramaturg, and research assistant among many disciplines, from opera to Restoration theatre to new writing. She recently directed Cabildo by Amy Beach at Grimeborn at the Arcola Theatre, as well as sorry did I wake you by Nina Georgieff with Beth Collins at Tristan Bates Theatre. Emma also directed Ares by Katie Granger at the Vault Festival 2019, which received five star reviews. An accomplished dramaturg and researcher, Emma has been the research consultant onVenice 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). Assisting credits include These Wandering Streets (Barbican and Sound Unbound) The Noble Nine (Vaults 2019); Libuse (UCOpera); and The Fantastic Bohemian (Arcola Theatre).
Emma is a founding member of the London-based devised theatre company Tacky Pioneer, formed while studying at Central. Tacky Pioneer devised and performed Astronaut Battery, a gig theatre/confessional/exercise routine about civilians training for outer space, which premiered at the Chelsea Theatre in 2017. They are currently developing a new show about memorialisation, Monumental. Emma is the co-founder of Global Origins Theatre, a platform and network for international and diasporic artists. Global Origins Theatre is curating Are We There Yet ?, a two day festival of multidisciplinary art by international and diasporic artists, at the CLF Arts Cafe (Bussey Building) October 25th and 26th. She is a reader for Pint-Sized Productions.