Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson

Emma is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Southampton. In the UK she worked as an actress and a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper. She moved to Philadelphia in 2006 and has worked with many local companies, most recently performing in the Barrymore-nominated production of Perfect Blue. She teaches theatre at...
Emma is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Southampton. In the UK she worked as an actress and a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper. She moved to Philadelphia in 2006 and has worked with many local companies, most recently performing in the Barrymore-nominated production of Perfect Blue. She teaches theatre at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA and was the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite (www.tinydynamite.org).

Her plays have been selected, developed, read or performed at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, 2020 PlayPenn Conference, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Spooky Action Theatre Company, Miranda Theatre Company NYC, Dreamcatchers Rep and Digital Theatre. She was recently announced as the winner of The Pittsburgh Public Theater’s inaugural new play competition. She has been a finalist and a semi-finalist for The O'Neill New Play Conference, a finalist for Kitchen Dog’s New Works Festival 2020, a finalist for the Henley Rose New Play Competition 2021, a semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Keane 2020, a semi-finalist for Ashland New Plays 2021 and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2021. She was in the top 100 for the Verity Bargate Award at The Soho Theatre, UK, and on the long list for The International Playwriting Award with Theatre 503, UK. Her Poetry has been published by Willowdown Books (Poems from the Lockdown) and Indolent Books (What Rough Beast).

Plays

  • If nobody does remarkable things
    This afternoon, in the middle of a category 6 dust storm, a cargo ship took refuge in the local harbor. Joel is on board and he needs somewhere to stay. Paul thinks they should rescue him but Anna’s not so sure. Not after what Joel did 14 years ago. A fierce new play about climate change and forgiveness that explores what happens when we reach the point of no return.
  • 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?’
  • A dog is a creature of a nose
    Beth has a dog. A fantastic casserole of a dog. The spaniel makes her loyal. The pit bull makes her fierce, and the bloodhound makes her hunt. And today she's found something quite extraordinary.

  • Adam + Rose
    Adam’s gone and Rose needs to speak to him. Even if it means lying on the forest floor. Sometimes we just need to find new ways to communicate. A new play about the pain of separation and the love that will get us through.