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Emma Plotkin is a writer, director and theater-maker originally from upstate NY. Two years ago she began a theater blog that examined social mission, pay, funding, technique, collaboration and aesthetic within the context of history, art, culture and the current political climate. In addition to journalism, Emma has a firm grounding in social activism and has studied global and local intersectional gender studies and community action. Her work emphasizes diverse voices and the complexities of representation as holistic characters. She is an avid learner whose interests span neuroscience, synesthesia, modern Chinese affairs, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, music, dance and environmental issues. She has participated in the Sackler Conference on “Love and Neuroscience”, written about the synesthetic brain for an upcoming issue of Sony Magazine, collaborated on digital theater with researcher Pat Paranutaporn from Freak Lab and MIT Media Labs, written on failure, art and collaboration for the Ford Foundation and written a play on modern dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch with NOplays, 365 Women a Year and Hubbard Hall. Her love for reading, art and cultural activities informs her writing.
Emma is also an active theater, dance and music artist who has worked with major directors like Robert Wilson, Ann Bogart, Liz Lerman, CocoRosie and Kristin Hanggi. As a theater artist, Emma has worked with Beth Morrison Projects, Siti Company, The Watermill Center, The Hangar Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Eugene O’Neill and the The National Theater Institute. She is trained in a wide variety of styles including many physical forms of theater, dance, puppetry, masks, Alexander, Meisner, Suzuki and Viewpoints.