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Emma Rosa Went is a freelance theatre director who makes heartfelt, collaborative productions of new and classic-text plays. Recent work includes: Richard III (Scranton Shakespeare Festival;) Courage! To The Field! (The Tank/Renovationists;) and Initiative (Ink’d Festival, Playwrights Realm.) In New York, she has developed and presented work at The Drama League, Playwrights Realm, Dixon Place, The Tank, The Brick, LPAC Lab, Trans Lab @ WP, and many other venues. Regional work includes: Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Campfire Festival @ Boise Contemporary Theatre, Barn Arts Collective. She is a co-founder of new-work development ensemble The Renovationists with playwright Else C. Went. She is also a co-founder of Easy Leap Theatre Company, for whom she 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: Theatre for a New Audience, Atlantic, Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Emma is an alum of the SDCF Observership Program and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program. She is the recipient of a 2019 Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellowship at Town Stages, and a 2019 Drama League First Stage Residency for The Same Shirt Show Part 2: Beckett Without Beckett. She is an Associate Member of the SDC. BA Sarah Lawrence College.