Emma Watkins is a playwright, dramaturg, and performer.
Her plays bleed up from redacted ink and lost sentences. She strives to give marginalized voices the opportunity to embellish, interrogate, and re-tell the stories of their lives. Quite often, they sing, too.
With the support of a Fulbright Award, Emma spent a year in Wales, studying performance adaptations of Welsh myths and folklore. Her research culminated with the creation of a new play, Unbecoming, which has been developed in collaborations with PlayPenn, Princeton University, and Cardiff University (UK). It will receive its first full production with Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts in 2021. Her plays have also been shared at McCarter Theatre Lab’s In the Writer’s Voice, Chapter Arts Centre (UK), and Princeton’s Theatre Intime.
As a dramaturg and literary assistant, Emma has assisted on productions of Gloria: A Life, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Sleuth, and the world premiere of Rachel Bond’s Goodnight Nobody (McCarter Theatre Center) as well as Into the Woods (dir. Ethan Heard, Lewis Center for the Arts). Emma has presented her plays and research at conferences in the US and the UK. She recently co-authored a chapter on feminist musical theatre pedagogy with Professor Stacy Wolf, to be published by Routledge. Emma graduated magna cum laude from Princeton, where her play Trailing Rhiannon was awarded Princeton English Department’s Alan S. Downer Thesis Prize, Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts’ Music Theatre Prize, and Princeton Environmental Institute’s Environmental Humanities Book Prize. She received her MA with distinction in Welsh & Celtic Studies from Cardiff University in Wales.