emma goldman-sherman - playwright, dramaturg
Emma Goldman-Sherman's work includes Counting in Sha'ab (Golden Thread; Dunedin UNESCO Festival, Playingonair.org podcast dir. Omar Metwally); Perfect Women (Jane Chambers Award, All Out Arts); Significant Circus (Manhattan Theatre Source); ZEN & the Art of Mourning a Mother (EST/LA; finalist Bechdel Festival); FUKT (finalist, Unicorn); WHORTICULTURE (finalist, Campfire Festival, shortlisted Unicorn; Owl & Cat); MAN & WIFE (developed at Dixon Place & New Circle Theatre) is in the top ten of most recommended 2handers on NPX for 2018. Emma is a 3 time finalist for Risk is This at Cutting Ball with Why Birds Fly, WHORTICULTURE, and Abraham's Daughters which is based on work Emma did documenting human rights abuses in Gaza and the West Bank during the first Intifada in 1993.
Emma has received artist residencies at Millay, Ragdale and twice at WordBRIDGE where she returned a third time as a dramaturg. She has worked as a dramaturg at GPTC (2015, 2016), founded the 29th Street Playwrights Collective and runs the WriteNow Workshop in NYC since 2015.
Emma earned an MFA from the University of Iowa where she received the Richard Maibaum Award for plays addressing social justice. She's been produced by Dixon Place, New Ohio; ManhattanTheatreSource; New Georges; Culture Project; Greenbriar Valley; Clemente; Capital Fringe; Theatre Conspiracy; EST/LA, New Circle and in the UK, Europe, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and upcoming in New Zealand. Her work toured the US as part of The Every 28 Hours Plays, a response to Ferguson.
Emma's first memory of live theatre was at Philadelphia's Playhouse in the Park where she saw Peter Pan in the round and was thrilled to participate in the resurrection of Tinker Bell with collective applause. She has since then been obsessed with the power of theatre to confer healing and agency on audiences.