biography

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.

In May 2018, Emma graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she studied English literature, Music Theatre and Environmental Studies.

With the support of a U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Grant, she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Cardiff University, studying contemporary storytelling performances Welsh medieval literature and mythology with Professor Sioned Davies.

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.

Outside of black boxes and classrooms, Emma loves hiking – this past summer, she spent a month hiking the state of Maine along the Appalachian Trail.