Emily grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and fled across the Red River, attending Trinity University and earning a degree in Drama (BA, 1995). She attended the Lee Strasburg Institute one summer semester and, after graduation from TU, spent several years in Austin taking further acting and film classes.
She finally served as an extras casting director and second assistant director on a feature film and as a recovery measure, attended the Prague Summer Writer’s Workshop, where she took classes in a room above Old Town Square and discovered an enduring love for the city, an expat Irish pub, and Amy Tan’s dog.
She attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, obtaining a Master’s in Drama (2000) and most happily met her husband there. Two highlights of her time in her Master’s program were presenting a paper on Aeschylus’ Persians at the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) in Prague (again!) and directing a selection of songs from Brecht plays for a celebration of his birth. (How often are you thanked for casing a guy to be a German transvestite crack whore? I have to say that was his wording, not mine.)
After a stint in the law, earning a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and passing the State Bar in 2003, and briefly practicing, she realized theatre really was where her heart lay. Thus began her teaching period at Antonian College Preparatory High School where she founded the school’s membership in the International Thespian Society, directed sixteen full-length plays in six years, taught Drama and English classes, and unknowingly began relationships with several of the actors she still works with today. (Love you Miguel, Sarah, Cristina, and Bridget!)
Emily was one of the directors of the latest iteration of SATCO’s Theatre ASAP, in 2012, and in the past two years directed the original productions of Julie, The Professionals, A Number’s Game, and Creatures of the Night under the aegis of SWALDA, the last two of which she wrote. She also directed Murder at the Chateau le Shadow and Drive Me Crazy for The Overtime Theater. In spring 2013 she had a sudden idea driving home from Boerne and that idea became SWALDA. When not writing, organizing, or directing, she enjoys movies, reading, laughing, and snuggling with the dogs, who must be thanked for their kindness, interest, and patience. “As I work from home, I consider Maizie and Rhubarb co-workers as well as family members and frankly, can only complain about their work ethic.”
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