Emilyn Kowaleski

Writer & Director


This Play was NOT written by a Woman: Writer/Co-Director (in development)

·       Excerpt showing: Little Theater @ Dixon Place, March 2018

·       (Upcoming) Developmental Residency at HB Studios, May-June 2018

Our Heroine: Writer/Director (full-length)

·       Adapted short film series, currently in post-production

·       10 min excerpt showing at Title Point’s SalON!, August 2017

·       Work-in-progress showing at ?!: New Works, Vital Joint, June 2017

·       Developed at The Habitat Director’s Playground, September 2016- May 2017

·       10 min excerpt showing at Title Point’s SalON!, September 2016

Weather: Writer/Director (full-length)

·       Workshop-production at Guest Artist Series at The Performance Project: University Settlement, February 2017

·       Reading, Play Date at Pete’s Candy Store, March 2016

·       Excerpt Readings, Naked Angels: Tuesdays@9, May 2014 and March 2015

EVERSION (or that time my heart flew out of my mouth): Creator (full-length)

·       Workshop-production, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, June 2015

·       Workshop production, The Bowery Poetry Club, May 2015

Root of the Rosebush: A Radio Rom-Com: Writer/Director (full-length)

·       Workshop-production, Dixon Place, October 2014

·       Staged reading, Grand Art Haus, August 2014

·       Work-in-progress showing, Cloud City, December 2013

Red Queen on the River: Lead Singer/Songwriter (music project)

·       Performances at The Bowery Electric, The National Underground, and Spike Hill, June 2012 – February 2013

Throw.Me.Under.World: An Experimental Musical: Writer/Director/Composer (full-length)

·       Production, Manhattan Repertory Theater, August 2012

·       Production, Tisch School of the Arts: Experimental Theatre Wing, December 2011



Animal Wisdom by Heather Christian (Co-Director)

·       Production, The Bushwick Starr, October-December 2017

Delicious Filth: Grindr Play #3 by Brett Evan Solomon

·       Workshop production, This Is Not Normal Festival: An Arts and Activism Festival at The Brick, June 2017

·       Reading, Play Date at Pete’s Candy Store, August 2016

Everyday Afroplay by Daaimah Mubashshir (Co-Director)

·       Production, JACK, April, 2017

The Witch of St. Elmora Street by Joey Merlo

·       Production, Access Theater, December 2016



Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: Associate Director (August 2013 – January 2016)

·       STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, Dir. Young Jean Lee (Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio: The Public Theater, New York; The Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; The Kaai Theatre, Brussels; Center Theatre Group, The Kirk Douglas Theater, Los Angeles; and University Music Society, Ann Arbor)

·       WE’RE GONNA DIE, Dir. Paul Lazar (Claire Tow Theater: Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, August 2013, and NY rehearsals for Meltdown festival, performed with David Byrne)

·       UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, Dir. Young Jean Lee (rehearsal director for tours)

Target Margin Theater, Assistant Director

·       Reread Another, Dir. David Herskovits (The Bushwick Starr, January 2015; The Brick, September 2015)



Big Dance Theater Company (New York), Intern: Alan Smithee Directed This Play (January - August 2013)

Elevator Repair Service (New York), Intern (February 2011- June 2012)

foolsFURY Theater (San Francisco, CA), Educational/Artistic Intern (June - August 2009)

Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA), Intern (January - May 2008)



Semi-Finalist, 2018 Beatrice Terry Residency, Drama League

Finalist, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series

The Habitat, Director’s Playground Member (September 2016-May 2017)

Lama Theater Company, Artistic Residency at The Peace Project, Nicaragua (February 2016)



League of Independent Theater: An Artist’s Guide to Participating in your Community Board, Event Artistic Director Politics and Outreach Working Group Member; RaceFoward Art’s Lab; Liaison (Present)

Bad Religion (a reading of a new play) by Ruby Rees, Producer (May 2016)

Beauty Sleep (an interactive installation performance) by Scears Lee, Moderator (August 2015)

PRELUDE Festival: Martin E. Segal Theater @ CUNY, Party Producer & Social Media Manager (October 2014); Volunteer (October 2013)

PEN World Voices International Play Festival: Martin E. Segal Theater @ CUNY, Company Manager & Social Media Manager (April 2014)

Under the Radar Festival, Volunteer (January 2013)

Lingue Senza Frontiere, Performing Arts Teacher and Immersive English Instructor (June 2010)

Performers for Progress, Co-Founder/Co-Director (September 2007 - June 2008), Advisor (2008- present)



MA Candidate, Sarah Lawrence College, Women's History (Aug 2018 - June 2020)

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts: Experimental Theatre Wing (Aug 2008 - Dec 2011)

B.F.A. Drama, double major in Psychology

International Theater Workshop: Amsterdam, Tisch School of the Arts.  (Dir. Kevin Kuhlke)

Summer High School Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University


Additional Workshops

Empathy and Experience Design Workshop, Odyssey Works

New York Artist Intensive, Theater Mitu

Intensive Writing Workshop, Winter Miller

Stand Up Comedy, Karen Bergreen, Manhattan Comedy School

Wit and Wordplay, Merry Conway, Celebration Barn Theater

Intensive Ensemble Workshop, Labyrinth Theater Company

Devising Within a Democracy, Rachel Chavkin & The TEAM