EMILY DAVIS is the Artistic Director of Messenger Theatre Company, as well as a founding member. For Messenger, Emily has written and directed Seeing Inside (at St Ann’s Warehouse for Labapalooza,) fig. a: The Heart,  The Great God Money, Persephone, The Golden Apple: For the Fairest, The Daughters of Memory, The Adventures of Baba Yaga: Little Girl Stew (“A tasty treat!” – The New York Times), The Enemy, Waiting Room and the Puppet Rap (filmed by NY1 and CNN as part of the Lysistrata Project.) Devised work includes Mythellaneous, Very Serious Theatre, The Last American Cowboy and As We Like It.


Emily has directed for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, Simon Studios and Cunningham Productions. As an assistant director and dramaturg, Emily worked with Helena Kaut-Howson on Yerma (at the Arcola Theatre in London starring Kathryn Hunter) and with Mark Ravenhill on Nursery/School.


Her plays have been performed and read by Dreamworks Repertory Theatre, Columbia Gorge Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Spring Theatreworks, Western ConnecticutState University, Shalimar Productions and International School in South Korea. Commissions include the Carnegie Melon University Radio Series, St. Thomas RC in the Virgin Islands, WCSU, Garces School and Pistarkle Theatre. Published writing includes articles in The Feldenkrais Journal, Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore and SenseAbility.  Her blog, Songs for the Struggling Artist, has received over 26,000 views. On the blog, Emily advocates for gender equality, arts education and improved conditions for artists.


Emily has worked at the Arcola Theatre and the Battersea Arts Centre in London and toured her work to Edinburgh, Scotland, Chicago, Wilmington, Winnipeg and Toronto. Emily worked as an actor with Shenandoah Shakespeare, Mill Mountain Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Lime Kiln and BAMcinematek. Additionally, she has worked for BAM, TDF, American Globe Theatre, Roundabout and Theatre for a New Audience. Emily is a Shakespeare Consultant and a Guild Authorized Feldenkrais practitioner. She has a Bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA from UC Davis and studied at the Wright School in London.