Emilyn Kowaleski

Writer & Director

Our Heroine


Our Heroine is a sixteen part performance poem that travels through the life of a mythic, modern anti-heroine on the brink of erupting the world, laying bare the earth she wants to leave behind for her daughter. It tells the story of her body- the policing and abuses of it, the way she shares it, and the way it heals. Our Heroine is a rallying cry to extinguish the last gasps of the patriarchy. Our Heroine speaks to various aspects of womanhood in full recognition that no universal qualifier or experience exists.

We are currently partnering with Uptown Works to film each of the sixteen poems as a series of short films to be released in 2018 and 2019.

Stay tuned!

Development and Performance History

I began writing Our Heroine on a residency with Lama Theater Company in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua. It has been developed and workshopped through: The Field's Fieldwork program with a space grant from Eva Dean Dance,  The Habitat 2016-2017 Director’s Playground, Title:Point’s SalON!, and the Interrobang New Works Festival.

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