EMILY EDWARDS

Emily Edwards

Director. Choreographer. Performing Artist.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm a New York City based performing artist who has a healthy dose of nerdiness.

As a well-rounded creative, I am adept at many different roles in the dance and theatrical spheres, but specialize in directing and choreographing musicals and straight plays. I enjoy performing in a variety of settings and always love new experiences and challenges.


Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

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What I offer

Performing

Choreography

Directing

Graphic Design

Balloon Art

Arts Administration

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SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCES

Gehring Dancetheatre

Executive Director, Dancer, Instructor

Co-founder and responsible for PR/advertising, development, accounting, producing, social media, teaching outreach, and performing with this non-profit contemporary dance company. Accomplishments include attaining non-profit status, coordinating an international tour, managing a sustainable arts organization, and creating and maintaining an annual summer dance intensive.


Aug 2003- present

NJIT-Rutgers University

Resident Musical Choreographer

Choreographed productions of Pippin, Sweeney Todd, Once On This Island, Cabaret, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bat Boy: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jesus Christ Superstar, She Kills Monsters, and Avenue Q. The wide selection of shows has allowed me to increase my knowledge of diverse forms of dance in preparation for each show and lets me develop my ability to work with students in different levels of movement awareness.


Feb 2009-present

GARLAND PRODUCTIONS

Director, Choreographer

Choreographed the original WW2 comedy musical, Bombshell Baby, staged at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Directed the condensed, concert version of Next to Normal for The Duplex. Both starred the talented drag queen, Veronica Garland, played by rising opera star Matthew Anchel.


Jul 2012- Sept 2014

new georges - Alicegraceanon

Assistant Director, Choreographer

Helped mold a 60's happening interactive play at the Irondale Arts Center (Brooklyn) directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni and written by Kara Lee Corthron. The show merged storylines of the female leads from Alice in Wonderland, Go Ask Alice, and Jefferson Airplane and was complete with a Jefferson Airplane cover band, go go dancers, and a hippie Greek chorus that transformed into a caterpillar.


Oct 2012

booking dance festival

Artist Liaison

Managed as go-between for 10 dance companies, consisting of over 60 dancers, and management for a week of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Organized lodging, flights, artist visas, and daily schedules. Helped with HR, promotional endeavors, fielded daily questions, and coordinated special events, and front of house artist displays.

Jul/Aug 2011

EDUCATION

MFA in Directing

Brooklyn College

Currently attending Brooklyn College's elite graduate studies program focused on directing for the stage. Expected graduation in June 2019.


Aug 2017-June 2019

Karen Kohlhaas

Karen Kohlhaas (Summer 2015)

Actively participated in a 2 month course focusing on the art of directing in the theatrical world. Worked with themes, throughline, and clear, interesting blocking. My material for use in the class was Theresa Rebeck's play Mauritius.


June/July 2015

Dance Manhattan

Dance Manhattan (2004-2014)

Received group and private instruction in ballroom, Argentine tango, waltz, swing, Lindy hop, country two step, and salsa from instructors: Evita Arce, Lou Brock, Nathan Bugh, Heather Gehring, Rodney Lopez, and Joe Palmer.
Participate as a featured dancer in many organized in-house productions.


Jan 2004- August 2014

Terry Schreiber Studio

Terry Schreiber Studio (6 Week Intensive)

Instructors: Robert Verlaque (Meisner), Page Clements(Voice), Carol Reynolds (Body Dynamics)
In a small class setting, we worked 20 hours a week on Meisner exercises, scene study, proper voice techniques, and body awareness. The intensive culminated in a black box performance.


Oct/Nov 2013

Dance New Amsterdam

Summer Dance Intensive (3 Week Intensive)

Instructors: Laurie DeVito, Kenny Larson, Lynn Simonson, Teri and Oliver Steele, and Max Stone
Received 20 dance classes a week in modern, ballet, jazz, and other styles as well as working in small groups with a choreographer with a culmination in the form of a black box showcase.


Aug/Jul 2003

Bachelors Degree in Arts Administration & Dance

Butler University

Selected Dance and Theater Courses: Rochelle Zide-Booth (Ballet/Dance History), Norman Walker (Modern/Choreography), Cynthia Pratt (Contemporary/Jazz/Laban), Michael Sells (The Works of Stephen Sondheim)
Arts Administration Courses: Building a Non-Profit, Grant-Writing, Running a Non-Profit, Accounting, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Business Law
While at Butler, I performed in a dozen shows including Swan Lake, Napoli, Petrushka, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia among others.


Graduation May 2003

Download my Performance Resume

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Projects

Projects I worked on

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Recent & Upcoming Happenings

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SUMMER BREAK IS OVER

By Emily Edwards

Grad school is off and running but I still have a few projects I ended the summer on and have happening in the near future, like the all female production of The Bacchae on Governors Island.

  • 9/30/17

THIS SUMMER IS SMOKIN' HOT

By Emily Edwards

Reviews from my latest directing endeavor, as well as past and upcoming events for The Dysfunctional Swingers, and more It's Getting Tired Mildred!

  • 7/28/17

MOVING RIGHT ALONG

By Emily Edwards

Grad school news, I'm directing Ti Adoro, Herr Trump! at The Brick, and am back on Governors Island for the summer with the Dysfunctional Swingers!

  • 5/26/17

Contact me

Emily Edwards


P: (917) 627-4317

emilyedwards1013@hotmail.com