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Emily Brantz is a former Wyoming girl turned Chicago theater director and graduated in May 2014 with a BA in Directing from Columbia College Chicago. In May 2012, Brantz graduated with an Associates of Arts Degree in Theater performance from Casper College (Casper, WY). While at Casper College, Brantz, under the guide of her mentor and hero Dr. William Conte, adapted and directed George Orwell's 1984 for a free workshop performance. This production revitalized Casper College Theater Department's "Second Season": a production season in the summer dedicated to student-led projects. After receiving her degree from Casper, she transferred to Columbia College in Chicago.
Her Columbia directing projects include: The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden (Thornton Wilder), The Pageant (Jarek Pastor, Columbia alumnus '14), Hot 'n' Throbbing (Paula Vogel), and Arcadia (Tom Stoppard). Brantz interned with Profiles Theatre from October 2013-October 2014 and currently works as a stage manager at Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg, IL. She has been the artisitic director for the Columbia College Fresh Ink Festival (for new plays) from 2015-2016. In the 2015 festival, she directed The Hermit's Mecca by Spencer Allen Read ('15).
In October 2014, she became a company member of Fury Theatre here in Chicago, where she directed This is Grand, choreographed and assistant directed The Winter's Tale (June 2015), directed Nobody's Wench: Six Tales of Pirate Women on the Rolling Seas (September 2015), and Lysistrata (November 2015), a recent adaptation by Twitch Phoenix. She is continuing to work with Fury, directing their upcoming production of Twelfth Night, and with her alma mater as the Artistic Director for the 2016 Fresh Ink Festival. Working with some many theaters in the industry has been a tremendous blessing in her life, and she hopes to continue to find fellow artists and collaborators to make theater with for many years to come.