Emma Goidel is the winner of the 2018 Barrymore Award/Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical, and a member of the Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group and the 2019/2020 Orchard Project Greenhouse Lab. A New York-based writer and creative producer, her work focuses on darkly funny stories from the queer margins of dominant culture.
Emma’s plays include Two Minutes To Midnight (Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers Group mentored by Sheila Callaghan), The Gap (Barrymore Award, American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award Nominee), Local Girls (Princess Grace Award Finalist, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow), A Knee That Can Bend (American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award Nominee, Barrymore Award Finalist, Lanford Wilson Award Nominee), and We Can All Agree To Pretend This Never Happened (EST Marathon, Òran Mór/Glasgow, InterAct & Tiny Dynamite/Philly).
Her work has been developed and presented by Ars Nova, Azuka Theater, Clubbed Thumb, LAByrinth Theatre Co., Playwrights Realm, The Playwrights’ Center, New York Stage & Film, PlayPenn’s The Foundry, Theater Exile and InterAct Theatre Company. Commissions: Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Hearth, Tiny Dynamite.
Emma moved to New York in 2017 after five years in Philadelphia, where she co-founded the producing playwrights collective Orbiter 3 ("the most exciting development in Philadelphia Theatre since the opening of FringeArts," Philadelphia Magazine, 2014). Orbiter 3 premiered new works by James Ijames, Emma (A Knee That Can Bend), Emily Acker, Douglas Williams, Mary Tuomanen, Sam Henderson, and L M Feldman to critical acclaim. In 2017, Orbiter 3 became the youngest company ever to win a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre, after receiving twelve nominations.
She is also a member of the Kilroys, an artist collective combatting bias against women, trans*, and nonbinary playwrights by producing the annual Kilroys List.