Emily C. A. Snyder is a published and internationally produced playwright and novelist, whose work has been performed from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin, Ireland. A NYC-based verse coach and director, she is the premiere international scholar on writing and performing new verse drama.
Emily holds her Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and a double-major with her BA in English: Literature and Drama from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She studied John Barton's Shakespearean technique with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, where her Rosalind (As You Like It) was compared to a young Maggie Smith.
For the past twenty years, Emily has directed the major works of Shakespeare's canon, and performed in the remainder. Favorite New York directing credits include Richard II with Hamlet Isn't Dead, King Lear with What Dreams May Co., as well as the Shakespeare adjacent material, such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and May Violets Spring: A New Story for a New Ophelia. She originated the role of Alice Ford in her own Merry Widows of Windsor, performed as Brutus in Julius Caesar, voiced Olivia in Twelfth Night for the Chop Bard podcast, and played Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest twice. Favorite regional directing credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night's Dream twice, among others. In Boston, she ran Gaudete Academy, a company dedicated to providing Summer Shakespeare courses for adolescents and young adults. Emily is a much sought-out teaching artist, specializing in bringing Shakespeare to life for students of all ages.
Her new verse plays, Cupid and Psyche and The Other, Other Woman performed to sold-out audiences in New York City. Her Shakespearean homage, A Comedy of Heirors was named one of the Top 15 NYC Shows of 2017 by A Work Unfinishing, and was a semi-finalist along with Cupid And Psyche with the American Shakespeare Center's (ASC) "Shakespeare's New Contemporaries." Her feminist sequel to Shakespeare's Merry Wives, her Merry Widows of Windsor was selected for development and a fully staged reading with The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Her verse plays have also received commendation from the Eugene O'Neill, Princess Grace Foundation, and Thornton Wilder Foundation. She is published through Playscripts and YouthPLAYS.
With TTF, she has written and directed The Love & Death Trilogy: Persephone Rises, The Seduction of Adonis and Cupid and Psyche, and the French Farce, The Other, Other Woman. She directed May Violets Spring, wrote A Comedy of Heirors, and wrote and acted in The Merry Widows of Windsor. This season, she will be directing the staged reading of Duncan Pflaster's Malvolio's Revenge. Through The Shakespeare Forum, she is teaching her popular course on Writing and Performing New Verse. Emily will also direct the workshop production of her feminist Arthurian duology, The Table Round and The Siege Perilous.
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