Ilana Caplan, 2017

Ilana Caplan, 2017

Emma Goidel is the winner of the 2018 Barrymore Award/Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical for her play The Gap, and a current member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, where she is mentored by Sheila Callaghan. A Brooklyn-based writer and creative producer, Emma is dedicated to dark comedy and global stories from the queer margins of dominant culture.

Emma moved to Brooklyn in 2017 after five years in Philadelphia writing and producing new theater, and developing resources, audience, and community for local playwrights. In Philly, she 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.

In 2018, Emma won the Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical at the Philadelphia Barrymore Awards for her play The Gap, produced at Azuka Theater. The production received an additional eight nominations—including best production and the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award. Emma has also been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist, and the 2016 Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical and Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award for A Knee That Can Bend. 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