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Emily C.A. Snyder

Emily C. A. Snyder is a published and internationally produced playwright and novelist, whose work has been performed from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin, Ireland. A NYC-based verse coach and director, she is the premiere international scholar on writing and performing new verse drama. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS (TTF), a New York City based theatre company specializing in developing new plays with modern themes written in classical styles, with an interest in creating vibrant new roles for women on-stage and off.

Snyder is also the Founder of Gaudete Academy ("Gaudete" is Latin for "Rejoice!"), which produces plays that are true, good, beautiful...and giddy. Emily is the author of the Twelve Kingdoms Series, which includes Niamh and the Hermit ~ A Fairy Tale, and Charming the Moon. Her work has been compared to C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Alfred, Lord Dunsany. She is also the author of the Jane Austen parody-homages, Nachtstürm Castle—A Gothic Austen Novel, and Letters of Love & Deception. Currently, she is working on The Sable Valentine, an epistolary mystery series, described as "The Scarlet Pimpernel...with magic."

For the past fifteen years, Emily has directed the major works of Shakespeare's canon (Richard II, King Lear), and Shakespeare-adjacent comedies and dramas (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, May Violets Spring) in New York City, as well as the greater Boston area (Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream twice, among others). For Valentine's Day 2014, her five-act iambic pentameter play, Cupid and Psyche premiered at The Barrow Group Theatre in New York City to sold-out audiences. The full Love and Death Trilogy (Persephone Rises, The Seduction of Adonis, and Cupid and Psyche) is currently in development with TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS.

Emily holds her Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and a double-major with her BA in English: Literature and Drama from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She studied John Barton's Shakespearean technique with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, where her Rosalind (As You Like It) was compared to a young Maggie Smith. Learn more at http://www.emilycasnyder.info, or http://www.turntoflesh.org

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.

Still Smarting
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Still Smarting

Women, Shakespeare, and Processing Emotion

28 June 2017

Emily C. A. Snyder considers the differences in how women and men actors approach Shakespeare.