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Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in New York City; she is also the Managing Artist Director of The Mannes Opera.  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; and Joan Crawford, a new work composed by Phil Kline with AOP. Other upcoming work includes Don Giovanni for Julliard Opera.

In 2018 she was appointed as the Managing Artistic Director of The Mannes Opera at The New School.  Previously, she was on 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.