Emily Davis: Theatre Artist (actor, writer, director) and Shakespeare Geek.
With experience in over 300 schools and more than a dozen Arts Organizations, I’ve seen the range of New York City schools. For a decade and a half, I’ve been helping teachers and students bring Shakespeare into their classrooms. I’ve advised teachers on school productions and Shakespeare curriculum. I’ve taught professional development workshops and Master Classes. With students, I’ve done residencies, productions and workshops with all the plays you’d expect (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, The Tempest) and many plays you wouldn’t (Coriolanus, King John, King Lear, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV, pt 1, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale)
Among the organizations I’ve worked with are: The Folger Shakespeare Library, The English Speaking Union, The Shakespeare Society, BAM, TDF, National Shakespeare Company, American Globe Theatre, Classics On Tour, Shenandoah Shakespeare (now American Shakespeare Center,) Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Arts Connection, Artsbridge, Peoples Theatre Project, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Theatre Arts Center, New York Public Library, The Arcola (London, UK,) Battersea Arts Centre (London, UK,) Young Audiences/NY, Roundabout Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience and the New York City Department of Education.
I teach the Teaching Shakespeare Through Drama course at City College (for graduate students in Educational Theatre.) I also taught the first Shakespeare on Film course at UC Davis and Shakespeare workshops at Manhattanville College.
My work as a Shakespeare Consultant is grounded in the fact that Shakespeare’s plays are vital theatrical texts. I teach Shakespeare through performance and teach teachers how to teach through performance even when performance is not their cup of tea – or their students’ cup of tea. I’ve seen all sorts of students and all sorts of teachers in my 15 years of Shakespeare teaching and there’s hope and fun for all of them!
In addition to my work in Shakespeare, I have a thriving artistic practice. I am the Artistic Director of Messenger Theatre Company, for whom I write, direct and perform. My artistic work is supported by my work in Feldenkrais as well as this rewarding work in my first love, Shakespeare.