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Em Piro

Em Piro has had job titles that include director, actor, producer, counselor, case manager, sparkplug, and executive director. She grew up in Seattle, and after relocating to St. Louis was enchanted by the city's revitalization movement. Some of her most fulfilling efforts have included co-founding the grassroots interdisciplinary arts project Glass Monsters; serving as the lead case manager in the nationally acclaimed Stagings program through the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Prison Performing Arts; and founding St Lou Fringe.

Looking Backwards to Move Forward with Paleo Theatre
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Looking Backwards to Move Forward with Paleo Theatre

17 February 2017

Em Piro images what a Paleo theatre practice would involve.

Cross The Edge
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Cross The Edge

A Guide to Successfully Breaking Genres

11 October 2015

Em Piro writes about the exciting wave of cross-genre collaboration she’s witnessing in St. Louis, and addresses the successes and pitfalls of such work.

Life After #Ferguson
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Life After #Ferguson

Continue the Conversation

10 January 2015

Co-founders of St Lou Fringe Em Piro and Tara Daniels talk about how artists and institutions can continue the conversation started after #Ferguson, and how important it is to do so.

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Primed for Fringe
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Primed for Fringe

27 August 2012

Against all odds, adversity created an ideal setting for Fringe. Em Piro chronicles the inception of the St. Lou Fringe Festival.

Fringe Festival
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Fringe Festival

A series about fringe theatre festivals in the United States.