Emma Watkins is a playwright, scholar and performer, specializing in the creation and study of contemporary theatrical (re)inventions of Welsh & Celtic myth and folklore.
She is currently the Literary Apprentice at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ.
With the support of a Fulbright Grant, Emma spent the past year in Wales, studying performance adaptations of myth and medieval literature. Her MA in Welsh and Celtic Studies at Cardiff University culminated with the writing of a new play, Unbecoming. During her time in Wales, a new bilingual version of Emma’s play Trailing Rhiannon was professionally workshopped at Chapter Arts Centre.
In May 2018, Emma graduated from Princeton University, where she studied English, with minors in Theatre, Music Theatre, and Environmental Studies.
In her academic work, Emma studies performers who revive mythology and folklore through their storytelling and musical performances. She is particularly interested in how threads from myth and folk traditions can be used to explore contemporary issues of identity, feminism and environmentalism.