is an opera and theater director





Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in Cincinnati and New York City.  Hailed by the New York Times for her "deeply resonant", "intelligent", and "darkly enchanting" staging, Griffin's productions have been seen in performance venues all over the country.  With a diverse background in theater, musical theater and opera - Griffin builds unique productions that have a pungent theatricality, an arresting visual style, and a fine sense of narrative drive.

She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces;  these projects include Phil Kline’s Out Cold & Zippo Songs at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts (winner of “Outstanding Performance Art Production” at NY Innovative Theater Awards) and Thirteen Near Death Experiences, and Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters’ Stretch, a fantasia.  Opera credits include:  La Fanciulla del West at Opera Colorado, the world premiere of Charpentier's La Feste de Ruel with Catacoustic Consort; La Boheme at Crested Butte Music Festival, Jake Hegge's Three Decembers at Atlanta Opera; Don Giovanni at Boston Lyric Opera; The Cunning Little Vixen and Les Mamelles de Tirésias at Juilliard Opera; Wozzeck at the Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater; and  I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Rake’s Progress, Postcard from Morocco and Die Zauberflote at Curtis Opera Theater.  She was the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater, based in NYC.  Highlights with Salt include Stage Door (FringeNYC Excellence Award as Best Director), The Cherry Orchard, Scenes from a Marriage and Conquest of the Universe.  She has theater credits at many regional theaters including Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor’s Express, Virginia Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival. 

Currently, she is developing The Three Christs, a new work by composer Corey Dargel for the NEWSPEAK ensemble; Joan Crawford, a new work composed by Phil Kline with AOP; and Girls, commissioned by Cincinnati Opera as part of their Next: Diverse Voices series for their 2020 Season (in collaboration with WordPlay Cincy and The Music Resource Center – Cincinnati). Other upcoming work includes  La Traviata at Opera Colorado and L'enfant et les sortilèges at CCM.

In 2014, she joined the faculty of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati as the Professor of Opera Stage Direction. She is a member of SDC and AGMA.