Emma Zakes Green is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and director based in Los Angeles. She is committed to craft, explorative processes, and building community and empathy through creative collaboration. In any chosen medium, Emma looks for innovative ways to tell stories that are compelling, human, and relevant.
Emma is the founder of The Outpost, a collaboration between artists working in theatre, design, music and film in order to create and produce original, interdisciplinary, experimental, and genre-defying work. When she's not in a theatre, on a film set, or in a recording studio, Emma works as a copywriter at award-winning ad agency 180LA.
Emma holds a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and an M.F.A. in Acting from CalArts.
theatre & film
2019 We’re All Just A Bunch of Sinners, But We Do The Best We Can. Son of Semele Solo Creation Festival.
2018 Play Pretend. Occidental College New Play Festival.
2018 Music Video: Smells Like a Girl. Lisa Frankly.
2017 MEAT. Son of Semele.
2016 The Dryway. Son of Semele Company Creation Festival.
2015 Romeo & Juliet. LawnChair Theatre. Port Chester, NY.
2014 The Tempest. Westmoreland Nature Sanctuary. Mt. Kisco, NY.
2013 If You Had Three Husbands. CalArts, CA.
2012 On The Verge. CalArts, CA.
2011 Henry V (abridged). Port Chester Council for the Arts Children’s Theatre, NY.
2012 True Love, Kinda. Directed by Marina McClure. Valencia, CA.
2011 As You Like It. Directed by Tal Aviezer. Red Monkey Theatre, NY.
2010 A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Peter Green. LawnChair Theatre, NY.
2016 Play Development: ZZ’s Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers. By Karen Russel.
The Barn Arts Collective. Bass Harbor, ME.
2015 The Great Sand Heist of 2015. ENTER>text: Chinatown. Los Angeles, CA.
2015 Things My Mother Doesn’t Know About. ENTER>text: In The Clouds. Los Angeles, CA.
2014 Theatre For One and Absolutely On Wretchedly Singular Person.
By Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. Directed by Deena Selenow. Machine Project, REDCAT, LA.
2014 Fly Safe. ENTER>text. Human Resources. Los Angeles, CA.
2013 Madame Merle’s House of Fortune. Automata. Los Angeles, CA.
The Woman Who Went to Space as a Man Tass Son of Semele dir. Maureen Huskey
As You Like It Rosalind Chamber Shakes dir. Alexis MacNab
The Dryway Melusine The Outpost/SOSE dir. Emma Zakes Green
In Case of Emergency Emma La Jolla/Chalk Rep dir. Deena Selenow
Waiting for Godot (A Conversation) Vladimir REDCAT gallery dir. Rachel Park
Ebenezer Caroline Speakeasy Society dir. Genevieve Gearhart
Exquisite Mistake Ensemble New Orleans Fringe dir. Alexis MacNab
The 5th String Young Woman REDCAT dir. Alexis MacNab
The Stronger Sarah Bootleg LAX Festival dir. Julianne Just
The Least Important Things Ensemble LACMA dir. Emily Mast
nat&EM Emily Dickinson Company of Angels dir. Deena Selenow
Ocean Flight Ensemble Bootleg Theater dir. Chi-Wang Yang
They Are Dying Out Hans (Ann) CalArts dir. Chi-Wang Yang
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek Gin CalArts dir. LisaGay Hamilton
Portrait of a Lady Madame Merle CalArts dir. Alexis MacNab
The Tempest Antonio CalArts dir. Deena Selenow
Purgatory In Ingolstadt Ensemble CalArts dir. Marina McClure
Sneaky Nietzsche Ensemble LACMA dir. Sheila Vand
Kitchen/Sugar/Bullet/Blank Emma Speakeasy Society dir. Julianne Just
Ebenezer Caroline Speakeasy Society dir. J. Just/ G. Gearhart
Breaking and Entering Trivial Beauty Human Resources dir. Kestrel Leah
Crouching Tiger Sleeping Beauty Ensemble Oxy Children’s Theatre dir. Jamie Angell
Little Women Jo March Curtain Call Theatre dir. Carin Zakes
2017 Lisa Frankly, self titled EP. Lyricist, Vocalist. Feminist punk rock for young listeners.
2016 The Dryway: a merfolk opera - Son of Semele Company Creation Festival, dir E.Z. Green.
Composer, libretto, performer. Guitar, Lead Vocals.
2014 Exquisite Mistake - New Orleans Fringe Festival, dir. Alexis MacNab.
Composer, original song “Run With Me.” Accordion. Vocals.
2014 The Jabberwocky - collaboration with composer Paul Fraser.
Machine Project in collaboration with The Music Center at Grand Park, Los Angeles.
Co-composer, performer. Accordion, Trumpet, Percussion.
2013 Toxicos - REDCAT, dir. Deena Selenow.
Performer. Trumpet, Xylophone, Indian Banjo.
2012 As You Like It - LawnChair Theatre, NY, dir. Tal Aviezer. Composer Joshua Carriero.
Performer. Guitar. Vocals.
2017 Play: MEAT: a contemporary exploration of Brecht’s St. Joan of the Stockyards
2015 Poem: Things My Mother Doesn’t Know About.
Published in anthology Enter Text: 3 years.
2013 Folk Opera: The Dryway.
2012 Play: Hansel and Gretel’s Winter Disco Spectacular Spectacular.
2012 Screenplay: Bridges.
education & training
MFA in Acting, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
BA in Diplomacy World Affairs, Visual Art, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Marissa Chibas, Mirjana Jokovic, Travis Preston, Robert Cucuzza, Maureen Huskey, Jamie Angel, John Bouchard
Fran Bennett (Linklater), Rafael Lopez-Barrantes (Roy Hart)
Denise Woods (Skinner), Dwight Bacquie (Dialects)
Nick Erickson (Tumbling), Mira Kingsley, Tina Kronis (Theatre Movement Bazaar), Stacy Dawson Stearns (Grotowski),
Babette Markus (Alexander), Michael Sakamoto (Butoh), Sherry Tschernisch (T'ai chi ch'uan), Marvin Tunney (Jazz)
Steve Rankin, Amanda Washko