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About Me

insight & impact - care & context - humor & authenticity

Emily Lyon is an award-winning NYC-based director, dramaturg, and artistic director that carves out the humor and authenticity in new and classic texts. Feminism, climate change, and media ecology are amongst key issues in her work. She has directed 8 world premieres, 20+ full productions, and helped shape 30+ new plays.

She is the Artistic Director of Hedgepig Ensemble, where she leads and curates Expand the Canon – a call to action for theaters to include historic women's work as classics, and right the narrative of history. Expand the Canon now features 36 classic plays by historic women writers, and has partnered with companies such as Fiasco Theater, Classic Stage Company, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The Sol Project, INTAR, American Repertory Theatre, Irish Rep, Bay Area Drama, and others. She also co-hosts and produces This Is A Classic: The Expand the Canon Theatre Podcast

In environmental storytelling, Emily was part of the Hollywood Climate Summit for several years, as well as a YEA! Junior Board Member. In March 2020, she was selected as part of the first U.S. cohort of the Creative Climate Leadership, created by Julie's Bicycle and hosted at Biosphere 2, which engaged a wide range of artists in how to tell powerful climate change stories. She was also part of the Civilians R&D Group, gamifying environmental justice.

As a freelance dramaturg, she has helped writers shape 30+ new plays. She co-created the Social Impact Writers Lab with Emmy-winner Adnaan Wasey in 2020. As former Literary Manager of BEDLAM, she created MadLAB: A Reading for Directors which benefited 35 artists, and acted as dramaturg for Kate Hamill's Sense & Sensibilitynow one of the most-produced plays in the country. Her SDCF Observership was to spend a week cutting the script of The Tempest with Michael Greif for Shakespeare in the Park. She now does story editing and dramaturgy work freelance.


Around digital media's impacts, she created and produced How We Hear, a theatrical piece looking at political debates through US history in search of returning nuance to our divisive conversations. Inspired by Neil Postman and media ecology, she tells stories that interrogate our media systems and cultural narratives/assumptions. She also founded Future Facing Films to create comedic shorts around the perils of facial recognition.

Emily has been working on classical theatre since 2004, and directed her first Hamlet before she was 21. She has studied at Shakespeare's Globe in London, and worked with the Folger Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare in the Park, and others. She was a recipient of the Drama League Directing Fellowship, at The Old Globe and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and a Geva Theatre Directing Fellow, directing As You Like It.

BFA: University of Michigan - summa cum laude. At Michigan, she co-founded Filmic Productions, where she was a key creative and story editor – she wrote award-winning scripts, directed actors, and shaped edits. The company left a legacy at University of Michigan that continues today. Go Blue!

Emily Lyon Theatre Director
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CCL Cohort at Biosphere 2

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Playing a little bass for a Hedgepig fundraiser

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