Ilana Caplan, 2017

Ilana Caplan, 2017

Emma Goidel is a Brooklyn-based writer and creative producer dedicated to dark comedy and global stories from the queer margins of dominant culture.

Emma moved to Brooklyn from Philadelphia, where she spent the last five years writing and producing new theater, and developing resources, audience, and community for local playwrights. In Philly, Emma co-founded the critically acclaimed producing playwrights collective Orbiter 3 ("the most exciting development in Philadelphia Theatre since the opening of FringeArts," Philadelphia Magazine, 2014), through which she presented the world premiere of new works by James Ijames, Emily Acker, Douglas Williams, Mary Tuomanen, Sam Henderson, and L M Feldman. In 2017, Orbiter 3 became the youngest company ever to win a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre, after receiving twelve nominations--including seven for its 2015 production of Emma's play A Knee That Can Bend.

Emma's plays have been produced and developed in New York by Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Labyrinth Theatre Company and the Playwrights Realm; in Philly by Azuka Theatre Company, PlayPenn's writers workshop The Foundry, InterAct Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Tiny Dynamite, University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University (forthcoming 2018/2019); regionally by The Playwrights' Center, Atlanta's Horizon Theater, and Chicago's No Stakes Theatre Project; and internationally at Òran Mór in Glasgow. She is an alumna of the Ars Nova Play Group, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows, InterAct Core Playwrights, Playwrights' Center Core Apprenticeship, and was the 2012 Dasha Epstein Playwright Fellow at New York Stage & Film.

Emma was a finalist for the 2015 Princess Grace Award, the 2016 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist, the 2016 Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical, and the 2016 Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award. In 2017, she was nominated for the Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award. Her plays have been twice nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award.

BA Barnard College, Columbia University, Honors in Theatre, phi beta kappa