Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson

I am a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia, PA. In the UK I worked as an actress in London, Edinburgh, on tour and regionally around the UK in both new writing and classical theatre, for BBC radio drama, and film.

In Philadelphia I have performed with many local companies, and as the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite (www.tinydynamite.org) I have produced over 20...
I am a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia, PA. In the UK I worked as an actress in London, Edinburgh, on tour and regionally around the UK in both new writing and classical theatre, for BBC radio drama, and film.

In Philadelphia I have performed with many local companies, and as the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite (www.tinydynamite.org) I have produced over 20 productions ranging from Scottish one acts, to full length plays that integrate complex technology in performance. Tiny Dynamite has received several award honors including: 2018 Barrymore nomination for Perfect Blue (best media design – Jorge Cousineau), 2017 /2018 June & Steve Wolfson Award nomination for emerging theatre company, 2016 Pew Centre for Arts & Heritage Project Award, and 2011 Knight Arts Challenge Award for ‘a Play, a Pie, and a Pint’.

As a writer, I have a MA in Creative and Critical Writing and in the UK worked as a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper. My first play, Water In My Hands, was selected in August 2018 for The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival and in March 2019 for Spooky Action Theatre (DC), new plays in development series. It is also scheduled for a staged reading in NYC in March 2020 with Miranda Theatre Company (as part of their Liz Smith reading series), directed by Valentina Fratti.

I also teach and direct Shakespeare at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr.

www.britishemma.com

Plays

  • When We Fall
    7.7 billion people on earth and everyone is lonely. Perhaps. Trina definitely is, even though tonight is her birthday and she’s going to party like it’s 1982. But when Andrew and Clare turn up as Superman and Little Bo Peep, the ache of loneliness fills the night. Even Dalir senses it from the roof top, somewhere between London and Pakistan, and now he has to do something about it.

    A new play...
    7.7 billion people on earth and everyone is lonely. Perhaps. Trina definitely is, even though tonight is her birthday and she’s going to party like it’s 1982. But when Andrew and Clare turn up as Superman and Little Bo Peep, the ache of loneliness fills the night. Even Dalir senses it from the roof top, somewhere between London and Pakistan, and now he has to do something about it.

    A new play about learning to fly, telling stories, and finding friendship in unexpected places.
  • Water In My Hands
    Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancé has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass, and Eric’s wife has someone else’s heart beating inside her.

    Through a series of interweaving accounts, Water in My Hands, lays bare the power of grief, and asks, ‘how do we move...
    Sorrel is busy preparing for her wedding even though her fiancé has just died, and Maria’s eyebrows are still not growing back. Gerry wants to know if the weather will improve so that he can lie on his back in the grass, and Eric’s wife has someone else’s heart beating inside her.

    Through a series of interweaving accounts, Water in My Hands, lays bare the power of grief, and asks, ‘how do we move on when we are haunted by the life that we have not yet lived?’