After graduation, Emily left for New York and landed an internship in the casting department of the acclaimed Broadway nonprofit theater company, Manhattan Theatre Club.
“I loved being in on the audition process and seeing how new shows are developed,” she says. “It was a huge learning experience in how nonprofit theaters are run.”
After the internship, Emily worked as an assistant to the executive producer of the company, Barry Grove, who became a mentor and, as she says, provided a “master class in theater producing.”
From there, Emily took a job in general management at The Public Theater, a premier off-Broadway nonprofit, where she works on budgets, contracts, and union matters. By chance, she took a role as the co-company manager of a new musical in development. Her job was to serve as a caretaker of the cast, “doing everything to keep them healthy and happy.”
That production was “Hamilton.”
“We knew the show was special and were confident it was going to be a hit, but we had no way of predicting the cultural phenomenon it has become,” Emily says. The show earned stellar reviews and played to capacity houses full of celebrities at The Public Theater before moving to Broadway.
“It was a life-changing experience getting to be a part of the revolution that is ‘Hamilton.’”
Show business goes on for Emily, who now serves as the general management planning and programs manager at The Public Theater. The theater produces 10 to 15 shows each year and presents the renowned Shakespeare in the Park, which has offered free productions in Central Park for over 50 years.
Emily says her philosophy about theater aligns with The Public’s ethos: “Theater shouldn’t be an elitist art form; it should be accessible to all, created by all, and should share the stories of all walks of life.”
—This article is adapted from a piece written by John W. English for the March issue of Georgia Magazine.