Originally from the piney woods of East Texas, Emily K. Harrison is a theatremaker, producer, and educator based in Colorado and New York. The founder and producing artistic director of Boulder-based, award-winning square product theatre, she holds an MFA in Performance from the Savannah College of Art & Design, a PhD in Theatre from the University of Colorado, and a BA in Theatre Studies from Boston's Emerson College. Emily works as a collaborator with theatre companies and individuals across the nation.
Recent acting credits include: Ashlee in Clare Barron's Dance Nation; JonBenét Ramsey in Gregory S. Moss' House of Gold; Amy in Amelia Roper's She Rode Horses Like theStock Exchange; The Aunt in This Aunt is Not a Cockroach, co-created and produced by square product theatre and Hoarded Stuff
Performance (Boulder & Denver); Li'l Bit in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive; Ham Jones in Ham McBeth and Tiger in SLAB, both created and produced by square product theatre (Boulder); Peggy Jo Tallas in Peggy Jo & the Desolate Nothing, co-created and produced by Buntport Theater Company and square product theatre (Denver); Heather in Gidion’s Knot; Vanna Whitesnake in Off-Center at the Jones’ Wheel of MISFORTUNE at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Emily in Screw Tooth Productions’ World Premiere of Some Kind of Fun (Denver); Natalie in The Ding Dongs by Brenda Withers (Boulder & Denver); and Dale in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Boulder & Denver). Recent directing credits include Lauren Gunderson's The Revolutionists; Jennifer Barclay's Ripe Frenzy; Everything was Stolen . (World Premiere, Denver and London); Greg Wohead's Celebration, Florida; the Neofuturist's 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (2012 and 2016); Love Songs for Poomouse (World Premiere); and HOWL (World Premiere).
Emily currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hamilton College, and has taught at colleges and universities across the country and internationally, including Sewanee: The University of the South, Whitman College, Brunel University London (UK), the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University, and the University of Northern Colorado. She was featured as part of Westword’s "100 Colorado Creatives" series as well as in a "100 Colorado Creatives Redux," interview, and was recognized by The Denver Post as a 2011 Pathmaker, one of only seven individuals working in an arts field to receive the honor. In 2016 she was awarded a shared True West Award.
Emily is a big fan of hotdogs, summertime breezes, and Neko Case.
Emily is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Dramatists Guild of America. She is represented by: