Emma Stanton

Emma Stanton

EMMA STANTON is a Chicago and New York playwright. Her work has been developed and produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theater, Red Tape Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Dixon Place, Chicago Dramatists, New Dramatists, the 2016 ATHE Conference, and the 2017 Great Plains Theater Conference. Written collaborations include Mother of Smoke (...
EMMA STANTON is a Chicago and New York playwright. Her work has been developed and produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theater, Red Tape Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Dixon Place, Chicago Dramatists, New Dramatists, the 2016 ATHE Conference, and the 2017 Great Plains Theater Conference. Written collaborations include Mother of Smoke (Walkabout Theater & Red Tape Theatre), Cure (Walkabout Theater Company), Storm (Walkabout Theater Company & London’s Moon Fool), and Circle-Machine (Oracle Theater).

Her ten-minute play, In the Danube, was a recipient of a Civics and Arts Foundation Playwriting Award for Emerging Artists in Chicago and a Finalist for the 2016 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Recently, Emma was a finalist for the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award, a winner of the Columbia University/Roundabout Theater Underground Reading Series, the recipient of the 2016 Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award, and the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Award Playwriting Fellowship, which includes a year-long residency at New Dramatists.

Emma is currently developing her play, June in the Parade, at the Goodman Theater, where she is a member of the 2016-2017 Playwrights Unit.

BA: Boston College; MFA: Columbia University

Plays

  • Bojko and The Glacier
    We meet Raymond Bojko the day after his mother's funeral and follow him in the weeks after as he maneuvers between his stiff, corporate work life and his father, who is confounded by the loss of his wife. Meanwhile, Raymond Bojko strikes unlikely bargains with Raoul, a local cook, Carol, a compulsive liar, and a Man with an Axe, who leads Ray into the icy forest of his sub-conscious--where Ants go ice-...
    We meet Raymond Bojko the day after his mother's funeral and follow him in the weeks after as he maneuvers between his stiff, corporate work life and his father, who is confounded by the loss of his wife. Meanwhile, Raymond Bojko strikes unlikely bargains with Raoul, a local cook, Carol, a compulsive liar, and a Man with an Axe, who leads Ray into the icy forest of his sub-conscious--where Ants go ice-fishing, Woolly Mammoths roam, and carnations fall from the sky. BOJKO AND THE GLACIER is about the grief that paralyzes us, and the places we go to stay warm.
  • Jitterbug
    In Jitterbug, devout Christians and body-builders, Crudo and Elsie, challenge their conservative, Floridian lifestyles through new sexual explorations and relationships.
  • No Candy
    At the center of No Candy is a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women who run a gift shop near the Srebrenica memorial. The play follows how each woman copes, both privately and publicly, with the particular trauma she experienced during the war: She dreams of Julie Andrews; She dresses drag in her father’s clothes; She sings late-night karaoke; She allows the ghost of her husband to stay a little...
    At the center of No Candy is a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women who run a gift shop near the Srebrenica memorial. The play follows how each woman copes, both privately and publicly, with the particular trauma she experienced during the war: She dreams of Julie Andrews; She dresses drag in her father’s clothes; She sings late-night karaoke; She allows the ghost of her husband to stay a little while longer in her home. No Candy is very much about how trauma inhabits the body and shapes a community. But it is also about the persistence of humor, art, and absurdity in an unimaginable time.