Award-winning playwright Emma Goldman-Sherman creates timeless yet relevant, feminist work that engages on multiple levels to heal what our culture denies.
Work includes TAMAR (The Two-Gated City) inspired by 2 Bible stories about rape culture with 3 and 1/2 a capella songs, developed in New York at Marble Collegiate Church and The Museum of Jewish History and seen this summer at Renegade N.O.W. Festival in Michigan. FUKT, her play about women telling, will be seen at Dixon Place 11/17/18 for a one-night workshop on their mainstage.
Other work includes ZEN & the Art of Mourning a Mother which was recently read as part of the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival. Abraham’s Daughters (about American Jews and Palestinian Muslims, based on her travels during the first Intifada) was a semifinalist for Cutting Ball’s Risk is This Festival in 2015, and Counting in Sha’ab about a community in Iraq was produced by Golden Thread as part of their 2015 ReOrient Festival of short plays about the Middle East.
Regionally her work was commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival for The Every 28 Hours Plays, a response to Ferguson and seen nationwide (The Goodman, ISF, ACT, Trinity Rep, etc) and other work at E.S.T./LA, Women’s Project, Manhattan Theatre Source, Circle Rep Lab, New Ohio, Greenbriar Valley Theatre, The Hall Gallery in Kansas City and produced internationally in London, Zagreb and recently in Queensland.
Emma earned an MFA from University of Iowa where she won the Maibaum Award for plays addressing social justice for Antigone’s Sister and received a Jane Chambers Award for Perfect Women. Emma is the Resident Dramaturg at 29th Street Playwrights Collective in Manhattan where she runs the WriteNow Workshop. Her work is available on the NPX. Member: LPTW, New Circle Theatre and the Dramatists Guild.