Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in New York City. She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces; these include Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts (winner of “Outstanding Performance Art Production” at NY Innovative Theater Awards) and Thirteen Near Death Experiences, Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters’ Stretch, a fantasia, Michael Jackson’s Dirty Laundry, Chris Wells’ Hello New York!, and Phil Kline’s Zippo Songs. Opera credits include The Cunning Little Vixen and Wozzeck at the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater; I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Rake’s Progress, Postcard from Morocco and Die Zauberflote at Curtis Opera Theater; and Les Mamelles de Tirésias at Juilliard Opera. She is the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater. Highlights with Salt include Stage Door (FringeNYC Excellence Award as Best Director), Rinne Groff’s Inky, The Cherry Orchard and Conquest of the Universe. Regional work at theaters such as Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor’s Express, Virginia Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival. Upcoming: Out Cold & Zippo Songs with Phil Kline at BAM’s Next Wave Festival and The Cunning Little Vixen at Juilliard Opera. She is currently developing a one-man -how with performer Chris Wells; the performance piece Backstage Door with playwright Sybil Kempson; and The Three Christs, a new work by composer Corey Dargel for the NEWSPEAK ensemble. She is Adjunct Faculty at New York University, where she teaches directing.
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