Foundry playwright Emily Acker was recently named a 2014-2015 Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theater as part of the Emerging Artists in Residence program.
EAR offers two playwrights and two actors a season of artistic development opportunities, including workshops, performances, presentations, and mentorship. Emily joins playwright Chris Davis and actors Joseph Ahmed and Nicole Godino.
Emily’s plays include Milk and Honey, The Matter of Nadiyah Hassan and Will Work For Silence. Her work has been developed by The Philadelphia New Play Initiative, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Young Playwright Inc., Temple University and Northwestern University. She also contributed to the final season of All My Children on Hulu+. Her new play, Safe Space, co-written by Emma Goidel and Doug Williams, was featured in the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is the winner of the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition, Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Annual Playwriting Competition, and Northwestern University’s Agnes Nixon New Work Festival. She is a second-year playwright in The Foundry, a Philadelphia emerging playwrights’ lab and is the literary manager of Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Paula Vogel Mentors Project. She recently received her B.S. from Northwestern University where she studied under Laura Schellhardt and Idris Goodwin.