Emily grew up in 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 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 that you are lucky to have never seen. As a recovery measure, she attended the Prague Summer Writer's Workshop and discovered an expat Irish pub and an enduring love for the city.
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 (ITFR) in Prague and directing a selection from songs from Brecht plays. (How often are you thanked for casting a guy to be a German transvestite crack whore?)
After a stint in the law, earning a law degree and passing the State Bar in 2003, she realized theatre really was where her heart lay. Thus began her Antonian College Preparatory High School teaching period, 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 coached students who competed in TAPPS at the state level.
Emily was recently one of the directors of SATCO's Theatre ASAP production and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience. This past Spring (2013) she had a sudden idea driving home from Boerne, like ya do. That idea became SWALDA. When not writing or organizing for SWALDA, she enjoys movies, reading, laughing, and snuggling with the dogs, who must be thanked for her kindness, interest, and patience. (That's two Oxford commas in one sentence. Boo-ya.)
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