Emily C. A. Snyder (she/they/all) is a published and internationally produced playwright and novelist, whose work has been performed from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin, Ireland. A New York and London-based verse coach and director, they are the premiere international scholar on writing and performing contemporary verse drama.
FOUNDER: Snyder is the Executive Director and Founder of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS (TTF), a NYC-based theatre company which develops new epic stories in heightened text with vibrant roles for those historically excluded from western classical art.
In 2020, Snyder founded the Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama podcast, which gives the tools of writing and performing verse drama into the hands of the artists.
EDUCATION: 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.
In 2022, Snyder began her doctoral study on contemporary verse drama with the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.
AUDIO: Emily is a voice actor, and audio drama author. Currently, she is starring as Caitlin O'Sullivan in the audio drama "The Ghost Ship" from The Metaphysical Boston Society, as well as the mysterious Hestren in Starfall Podcast. Her singing has been featured in the video games Riley and Rochelle, as well as Copy? Right! They developed the shapeshifter character of CiCi Stratos (et al) for the actual play podcast, Once Upon A Monster of the Week.
AWARDS: Snyder's audio drama writing has won several awards, including "Best Writing of a Spoken Word Production" for the 2019 Audio Verse Awards, for her verse monologue, The Distance That's Between Us Is the Moon. Her Rosa Kranz and Gilda Stern Aren't Dead, also featured on Quirky Voices, won several awards from the New Jersey Web Fest in 2021.
INVENTOR'S APPRENTICE: In 2022, her audio romance erotica series, The Inventor's Apprentice, debuted on the Quinn App. Voiced by Thomas Doherty, the time traveling story has been hailed as an exemplar of the female gaze. The story garnered quickly swept the top ranks for listens on Quinn, and millions of views on TikTok.
NEW VERSE PLAYS: Snyder's new verse plays, Cupid and Psyche and The Other, Other Woman performed to sold-out audiences in New York City. Both plays were also singled out by the Princess Grace Foundation. 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 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 and Thornton Wilder Foundation.
SHAKESPEARE: 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.
An avid Shakespearean, Emily has performed the roles of Juliet in her Juliet and Her Romeo, and Alice Ford in her Merry Widows of Windsor, as well as the traditional roles of Brutus in Julius Caesar, Prospero in The Tempest, and Feste in Twelfth Night. Emily also lent her voice to Olivia in Twelfth Night and Cordelia in King Lear for the Chop Bard podcast.
NOVELS: Emily is the author of popular Regency novels, including the Jane Austen parody, Nachtstürm Castle. She debuted with original fantasy novels in her Twelve Kingdoms series, which were compared to Lord Dunsany and J. R. R. Tolkein.
EDUCATOR: Emily is a much sought-after educator, specializing in Shakespeare and new verse, including her recent work with The Shakespeare Forum, and her ground-breaking work on the intersection of psychology and performance in her thesis On Character. She is currently working on the definitive work on writing new verse, and breaking down complex act structure.
To round out her apparent endeavor to satisfy Mr. Darcy's request for an accomplished lady, Emily is also a composer, pianist, opera singer, art critic, graphic designer and fine artist. She is also capable of reading a book and crossing the road in safety. Most of the time.