Emily is skilled at connecting people with themselves and with each other to bring out their creative and collaborative potential. She began her professional life as a company member and then operations manager for the world renowned Bread and Puppet Theater of Glover, Vermont. There her natural talent for connecting with people was further developed organizing, creating, rehearsing and teaching shows to diverse groups of people in the U.S. and 25 countries.
Emily founded and directed Awareness Theater, a dynamic theater group composed of people with and without disabilities. For the past 17 years Awareness Theater brought the stories of the company members to the stage. The Awareness Theater technique that Emily developed creates a shared context that facilitates interactions between people with and without disabilities. During her 11 year career as VSA Vermont’s Director of Creative Performance and Cultural Access Emily designed, coordinated and taught the High School Self Advocacy Theater Program. Using group discussions and theater games participants grew to know themselves and to collaborate effectively on group projects. Emily also scheduled and supervised an adult performing and visual arts program taught by local artists in all genres. Emily’s broad experience in facilitating groups with widely diverse skill sets and backgrounds has allowed her to develop techniques to insure success and effective collaboration in any situation.
Emily is a commissioner for the Burlington Parallel Justice Program, a national demonstration project. The commission provides a formal venue for victims of crime to share their stories. This official forum helps to validate the experience of victims. In addition, the commission is tasked with removing barriers to victim participation in the criminal justice process, and addressing systemic changes needed to better meet victims’ needs.
She was also appointed to the State Program Standing Committee for Developmental Services.
Emily is a trained Communication Support Specialist for Disability Rights Vermont
Click here to see one of Emily's other projects, Bluebird.