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Prior to UCO, Emily worked as an associate professor of Acting and Directing and head of performance at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is the author of Playground Shakespeare: Bringing the Bard to Life, a guide for teachers of all grade levels to bringing Shakespeare into the classroom, and the founder of the TIPS system, a successful new method for maximizing director-actor communication. She is the 2015 national recipient of the Award for Innovation in Teaching from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. Emily previously served as the Oklahoma State Chair and coordinator of the Student Directing Initiative for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is a proud member of ATHE, ATME, and Actors Equity Association.

Classes Taught

  • THRT  2643:  Shakespeare in Performance
  • THRT  4623:  Acting Styles I
  • THRT  4863:  Career Advancement and Recital
  • THRT  3563:  Audition Techniques
  • THRT  1523:  Beginning Acting for Majors
  • THRT  2613:  Intermediate Acting
  • THRT  2233:  Voice and Movement III
  • THRT  4812:  Irene Ryan Studio
  • THRT  4910:  Seminar in Theatre Arts

Education and Certifications

MFA Acting:  The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL

BFA Acting:  Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Certificate in Theatre:  Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan

The British American Drama Academy, Oxford, UK

Education and Training

MFA in Acting, DePaul University;  BFA in Acting, Actor Training Program at the University of Utah;  Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre graduate;  British American Drama Academy, Oxford, England.  Professional acting/directing credits:  The American Shakespeare Center; Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, MUNY Theatre, St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Ozark Actors Theatre, That Uppity Theatre Company, Orthwein Theatre, West End Players Guild, Chicago’s Appetite Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and others.  Emily is currently the Head of Performance and an Associate Professor of Shakespeare and Period Styles in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Honors and Awards

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Prize for Innovation in Teaching:  2014-15

UCO's College of Fine Arts and Design Award for Outstanding Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities:  2017-18

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