em weinstein - director, playwright
Em Weinstein is a writer and a director of new plays, films, musicals, and interactive installations. Em has developed and directed work with companies such as New Georges, the 52nd Street Project, Shakespeare & Company, Glasshouse Lab, Collaboraction, Working Theater, En Garde Arts, Rattlestick Theater, Two River Theater, the Museum of Ice Cream and the Prototype Festival.
At Yale School of Drama, Em directed the first workshop production of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, an all-female, pop-infused Romeo & Juliet set in a Catholic high school, and In the Palm of a Giant by Christopher Gabriel Nύñez as part of the New Play Lab. Em’s thesis production, Arden (or shakespeare’s as u like it), was an immersive musical co-written with Michael Breslin that explored queer utopias and featured original songs by Julian Hornik.
Em’s short film Candace has played at festivals worldwide including the Mill Valley Film Festival, Outfest, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the American Pavilion Emerging LGBTQ Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won Best Film. Prior to grad school, Em’s work included Dreamland, a 1:1 installation that explored audience agency in interactive narrative environments, and the 18-month national tour of Madeline Burrows's Mom Baby God.
Em graduated summa cum laude from Smith College, is an alumnus of the Drama League Directors Project and is a New Georges Associate Artist. Em has their M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama in Directing.
Upcoming projects include Twelfth Night for Two River Theater, the Orchard Project Greenhouse and a year-long Directing Fellowship at Rattlestick Theater.
Em identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.