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Emma Rosa Went is a freelance theatre director who makes vivid, heartfelt, collaborative productions of new and classic-text plays. In New York, she has presented work at The Tank, The Brick, Dixon Place, The Access Theater, Theatre Row, LPAC, Center at West Park and many other venues, as well as regionally at the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theatre, and the Barn Arts Collective. She is a co-founder of The Renovationists, with whom she has developed Old Names for Wildflowers, Three Seconds, Boxcar, and other projects. She is also a co-founder of Easy Leap Theatre Company, for whom she has directed Much Ado About Nothing, The Changeling, Othello, Hearts of Gold (from Henry IV) and Love's Labors Lost. Off-broadway and regional assisting includes: TFANA (Measure for Measure, dir. Simon Godwin;) Atlantic Theater Company (The Jammer, dir. Jackson Gay;) Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays (Killers and Other Family, dir. Caitriona McLaughlin;) Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Much Ado About Nothing, dir. Lileana Blain-Cruz;) Colorado Shakespeare Festival (Othello, dir. Lisa Wolpe). Emma is an alumna of the SDCF Observership Program, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program. She is an Associate Member of the SDC. BA Sarah Lawrence College. Current/upcoming: Emma is developing Saving Throw with playwright Else C. Went at Playwrights Realm, culminating in the Ink’d Festival 2019.