Emilyn Kowaleski

Writer & Director






Hey there! I’m Emilyn. I’m a writer, theater-maker, and new-play director who originally hails from Berkeley, California but calls New York home.

As a writer and theater-maker my work is focused on explosively interrogating paradigms of power. I’m out to - interrogate what gender means to us both on a societal and individual level; to explore how trauma lives inside the body and how we used the collective experience of theater to create new possibilities for our bodies and our world; to enliven sensations and experiences from the mythic and the mundane; to set fire to the page then write the balm that soothes the burns. 

As a director, I work with writers who have a shared interest in telling stories about women and LBGTQ identifying folks. I view my role as a director as a facilitator who can hold space for others’ creativity, artistry and ideas and assemble them cohesively. I typically work in long-term, highly collaborative and explorative processes with the goal of continually re-inventing what theater can be.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with companies such as, The Public, The League of Independent Theater, PRELUDE NYC, Theater Mitu, The Field, Target Margin Theater, Elevator Repair Service, and Big Dance Theater,

I have directed and presented work at venues such as Cloud City, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Bowery Poetry Club, Pete's Candy Store,  Ars Nova, Access Theater,  The Performance Project at University Settlement,  Vital Joint, JACK, The Brick, Clubbed Thumb and The Bushwick Starr.

I have a BFA in Experimental Theater and Psychology from New York University. I am currently earning my masters degree in Women's History at Sarah Lawrence College.

View my full resume here.