Emma Goldman-Sherman (she/her) believes in the power of theatre to confer healing and agency on audiences. Her short plays have been produced on 4 continents. Her full-length plays miss the mark constantly by inches. MAN & WIFE was a week away from its first production when Covid-19 arrived. FUKT's 8 show NYC workshop was cancelled the same week. FUKT was a 2020 finalist with BAPF (and Unicorn 2019), and Why Birds Fly is a finalist with Unicorn 2020. Abraham's Daughters (finalist Henley Rose) is available as a podcast at TheParsnipShip.com and Counting in Sha'ab (Golden Thread) is a podcast at PlayingOnAir.org. WHORTICULTURE was slated for a 2021 production at The Tank which may or may not happen. It was a finalist with Campfire in 2018. ZEN & the Art of Mourning a Mother was a finalist at Bechdel, The Bridge Initiative and heard as part of Elephant Ears and The Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. Emma has received residencies at The Millay Colony for the Arts, Ragdale and twice at WordBridge where she also worked as a dramaturg. Emma has also been a dramaturg at Great Plains Theatre Conference (2015, 2016). Emma earned an MFA from University of Iowa where she received a Norman Felton Award, the Richard Maibaum Award for Plays Addressing Social Justice, and PERFECT WOMEN won the Jane Chambers Award. In NYC her work has been seen at New Circle, WP Theatre, The Circle Rep Lab, Dixon Place, The New Ohio, The Wild Project, Manhattan Theatre Source, Westbank and many more. She founded and runs the WriteNow Workshop for new play development at the 29th Street Playwrights Collective and www.BraveSpace.online and Brave Space for Survivors to support women and tgnc (she/they) writers of all genres. Her plays are available at newplayexchange.org.
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MORE ABOUT ME
The theatre has given me more gratifying moments than I could ever have hoped for - too many to list - many bring tears to my eyes!
Peter Pan made me believe in the power of collective action for healing. And all the plays I've written have changed my life. I have to change to be able to write them, even to imagine them, they demand it.
I feel most like myself when I am writing or rewriting.
I overcome disappointment by pushing forward, finding the next thing, making something new, and I tend not to hope for anything; I work.
One change: if a theatre takes public funds then everything they do should reflect the nature of the public. That means 51% of their plays are written by women, directed by women, designed by women, run by women, and performed by women because women make up more than half of the public.
Artistic Directors should know that women are human and have much to contribute and have spent lifetimes and centuries silenced while we are constantly bombarded with male stories and male points of view and male structures and male designs, and women buy theatre tickets.
[What do you do when you are not writing?*]
I knit, walk my doodle, read or hug my family and friends, and I love to teach.
I do theatre because I must - it is a need I have: to make things out thin air in 3 dimensions with collaborators. I would quit if I could.
In these times we must tell new stories that wake us from our complacency, startle us into reimagining our lives and give us the inspiration to do something new. Our future depends upon the stories we tell.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
I'm writing an Epic Comedy called Tanya's Lit Clit commissioned by Experimental Bitch Presents. It centers a Black lesbian uro-gynecolgist and a white principal ballerina and the outrageous history of Western culture and medical misogyny and bias against women in dark but broadly comic terms. And my autobiographical play FUKT about trauma is still looking for a home. As one of the most recommended full lengths on NPX and a finalist at BAPF and Unicorn, it is a piece that I am very proud of. I'd love to see it produced in my lifetime.
Queer, Political, Feminist, Subversive, Immersive, Environmental, Historical, Mythical, Bold, Broad, Language-Centered, Circus-inspired, Subjective, Expressionistic, Boundary-Pushing, Experimental, Physical, Collaborative and Fearless.