EMILY ZEMBA is a New York based playwright.
Her work has been seen and developed with Local Theater in Boulder, LaGuardia PAC, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland, Exquisite Corpse Company, Williamstown Theater Festival's Professional Training Company, First Floor Theater (Chicago). Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Great Plains Theater Conference, Dixon Place, ANT Fest at Ars Nova, and The Party Line.
She has performed as a puppeteer in new works as part of St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab (2011, 2012), the Voice 4 Vision Festival (2012), and Puppet BloK at Dixon Place.
Emily holds an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an Affiliated Writer with The Playwrights Center, co-founder of The Party Line (Brooklyn), and founding member of Middle Voice at Rattlestick. Emily has worked with MCC Theater Youth Company’s Playwrights Lab for the past 6 years as a mentor and director. She has taught playwriting with Tres Artis studio in NYC and at Wesleyan University.
Emily is currently serving as Producing Director for Theater Masters, an organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the next generation of American playwrights.
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Alice mysteriously falls down the rabbit hole, and her little sister Liddy must take her place in the Little Miss Teacup Pageant. Liddy’s world becomes more and more strange as a barrage of peculiar people parade backstage, along with the queen of all pageant moms. Look Up, Speak Nicely, and Don’t Twiddle Your Fingers All the Time is a new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice stories—with several twists and tiaras.
Gwen, David, and Denise are each searching for something, though some of them aren't sure what exactly that something is. In a swirl of miscommunication and broken apartment doors, I’m Sorry I Brought Up God investigates three awkwardly lost twenty-somethings as they attempt to navigate recovery, faith, and love, all the while asking: “why is this so weird?”
Qiana and Peter take a romantic weekend getaway to New Hampshire only to find that a deer has crashed through the window and died. Things really go off the rails when Peter’s brash sister, Marnie, and her daft husband, Felix, show up unannounced. The dead deer, a mysterious animal control officer, and nightfall in the forest expose the harsh truths of each lover's life.
DEER AND THE LOVERS is a bold new farce about being lost in love, lost in the woods, and forging a new path when life veers off track.
When a young girl in town jumps in front of a train, 16- year-old Zinnia embarks on an existential search for meaning. Zinnia’s schoolmates attempt to understand their grief through séances and other witchy-games; Dawn, the town busybody, worries about a teen suicide epidemic; and Zinnia’s mother Janet is trying hard to keep it together. But if the Train Comes to Her is an examination of “to be or not to be,” through the lens of a family feeling trapped by their seemingly small life by the train tracks.
Clockwork honored as SemiFinalist for 2018 Detroit New Works Festival.
World Premiere - Deer and the Lovers (First Floor Theater in Chicago. Dir. Jesse Roth)