EMILY ZEMBA is a Brooklyn-based playwright,  screenwriter, and creative producer.


Plays include: Clockwork (Local Lab Boulder 2018; Semifinalist Detroit New Works Festival 2018); On Loss and Mice and Monsters and Love (LPAC Rough Draft Series 2017); Come Back Richard Simmons (Ars Nova ANT FEST 2017);  Deer and the Lovers (2016 world premiere First Floor Theater in Chicago); Have You Been There? (Semifinalist Eugene O’Neill National New Play Contest 2016, Rattlestick F*ck!ing Good Plays Festival 2016); and The House That Blows Down (Finalist Heideman Award 2015).

Her work has been seen and developed with places like The Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland, Exquisite Corpse Company, Williamstown Theater Festival's Professional Training Company, First Floor Theater (Chicago). Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Great Plains Theater Conference, The Party Line, GUIDED TOUR, and the Yale Cabaret.

Emily has performed in new works as part of St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab (2011, 2012), the Voice 4 Vision Festival (2012), and Puppet BloK at Dixon Place (2017, 2018).

Emily holds an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an Affiliated Writer with The Playwrights Center, affiliated artist with New Georges, co-founder of The Party Line, and founding member of Middle Voice at Rattlestick. She has worked with MCC Theater Youth Company’s Playwrights Lab as a mentor and director. Emily has taught playwriting with Tres Artis studio in NYC and at Wesleyan University.

Emily is currently serving as Producing Director for Theater Masters, an organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the next generation of American playwrights. 


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