Emily K. Harrison is a theatremaker and educator based in London, England/Boulder, Colorado. The founder and producing artistic director of Colorado-based, award-winning square product theatre, she holds an MFA in Performance from the Savannah College of Art & Design, a PhD in Theatre from the University of Colorado, and a BA in Theatre Studies from Boston's Emerson College, where she studied acting, creative writing, and journalism.
Recent acting credits include: JonBenét Ramsey in House of Gold; Amy in She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange; The Aunt in This Aunt is Not a Cockroach (an original work co-created and produced by square product theatre and Hoarded Stuff Performance); Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive; Ham Jones in Ham McBeth and Tiger in SLAB (both original works created and produced by square product theatre); Peggy Jo Tallas in Peggy Jo & the Desolate Nothing (an original work co-created and produced by Buntport Theater Company and square product theatre); Heather in Gidion's Knot; Natalie in The Ding Dongs; and Dale in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (2012 and 2014).
Recent directing credits include the World Premiere of Everything was Stolen., an original devised work (Denver and London); Celebration, Florida; 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (2012 and 2016); and the critically acclaimed World Premiere of HOWL, an adaptation of Ginsberg's seminal poem, produced with permission of the Allen Ginsberg Estate.
Additionally, Emily has worked with theatre companies across the US, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buntport Theater Company, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Curious Theatre Company, Local Theater Company, Screw Tooth Productions, and NY's Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre. For more than a decade Emily served as a Lecturer in the Theatre & Dance Department at CU Boulder, as well as in the BFA Performance Program, the Music Program, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Most recently, Emily served as a Guest Artist teaching coursework in acting, playwriting, directing, devising, and script analysis in the Theatre Programme at Brunel University London. She was featured as part of Westword's original "100 Colorado Creatives" series and was recognized by The Denver Post as a 2011 Pathmaker, one of only seven individuals working in an arts field to receive the honor. In 2016 she was awarded a shared True West Award and in 2018 was featured in American Theatre magazine.
In the Fall of 2019 Emily will direct Whitman's production of Jennifer Barclay's Ripe Frenzy, and in the Summer of 2020 will play the role of Ashlee in square product theatre's production of Clare Barron's Dance Nation.