Emilyn Kowaleski

Writer & Director

Our Heroine

A series of sixteen poems that tell the story of a mythic, modern, anti-heroine. Each pictures intimate moments in a woman’s life; They examine how her body is policed and abused, both by others and by herself, and how it experiences pleasure. It is an ode to my mother and everything she taught me, and a rallying cry to extinguish the last gasps of the patriarchy by demanding that women’s voices and experiences be treated with equal trust and value.

*This project is currently in process.

* * Text is available upon request


Development and Performance History

Work-in-Progress Showing @ Interrobang New Works Festival @Vital Joint

Photos by Cameron Kelly McCleod

June 3rd and 8th 2017

Featuring ~ Maybe Burke, Diane Chen, Victoria Myrthil, Amy Sheehan, Anna Reichert and (the voice of) Purva Bedi


The Habitat Director's Playground 2016-'17

Our Heroine was developed in part through a year long director's playground with The Habitat which provides space and peer director feedback sessions.

Photo by Justin Nestor

Photo by Justin Nestor

Developed with Anna Reichert, Diane Chen, Amy Sheehan, Shelley Forte, Purva Bedi, Victoria Myrthil, Maybe Burke and Gina Stevensen


Excerpt @ Title:Point's SalON

Our Heroine Goes to War was performed at Title:Point's SalON in September 2016


*Our Heroine was written mostly while in residence in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua with Lama Theater Company. The first performances of the poems were developed and shown at The Field's Fieldwork program with a space grant from Eva Dean Dance.