Emily Edwards

Director. Choreographer. Performing Artist.

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 both musicals and plays. My prime directive in creating a piece of theater is to tell the story accurately while also ensuring that the cast and crew experience a sense of accomplishment through a process of guided collaboration and experimentation. Ultimately, if the actors find enjoyment and pride in performing, that pleasure will translate to the audience, who will leave with a sense of delight and satisfaction. I am also dedicated to promoting substantial roles for women and other marginalized minorities, believing that a more diverse playing field benefits the arts community and society as a whole.

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






Directed Rachel Kauder Nalebuff's Woe is Me and associate directed Kate Kremer's term of art for the 2018 Brooklyn College's Play Writing Festival. Presented at The Public Theater's Shiva Theater.

August 2018

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

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- Aug 2013


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


MFA in Directing

Brooklyn College

Instructors: Tom Bullard, Mary Robinson

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 Directing/Choreography Resume

Download my Performance Resume



Recent & Upcoming Happenings


By Emily Edwards

I officially have my MFA in directing from Brooklyn College, plus a recap of all the projects I have been up to for the past 11 months.

  • 6/24/19

[PORTO], A Weasel, A Douchegirl, and Mildred

By Emily Edwards

My graduate thesis production of Kate Benson's [PORTO] is opening October 5th. Plus recap of my summer directing at The Public Theater and doing intimacy work in Queens.

  • 9/26/18


By Emily Edwards

Recap of my first year of grad school, as well as project outside of school including The Dysfunctional Swingers, It's Getting Tired Mildred, and my HBO debut.

  • 6/3/18

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Emily Edwards

P: (917) 627-4317