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Emma Rosa Went is a freelance theatre director who makes collaborative productions of new and classic-text plays. In New York, she has directed at The Tank, The Brick, Playwrights Realm, Dixon Place, Theater Row, the Access Theatre, LPAC Lab, Center at West Park, Trans Lab @ WP, and many other venues. Regional work includes: Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Barn Arts Collective. She is a co-founder of The Renovationists with playwright Else C. Went, 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 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 alum of the SDCF Observership Program and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR Program, and the recipient of a 2019 Drama League First Stage Residency. She is an Associate Member of the SDC. BA Sarah Lawrence College. Upcoming in 2019 includes: Courage! To the Field! (The Tank;) Initiative (Ink'd Festival, Playwrights Realm.)