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Dr Emily Harrison

Dr Emily Harrison
Lecturer (Education) in Theatre


Emily K. Harrison is an actor, writer, director, and producer living in London, England/Boulder, Colorado. Prior to teaching at Brunel, Emily taught theatre and performance coursework at the University of Colorado Boulder and Naropa University. The Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Colorado-based, award-winning square product theatre, she holds an MFA in Performance from the Savannah College of Art & Design, a PhD in Theatre from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. Emily works as a collaborator with theatre companies and individuals across the United States.

Recent acting credits include: JonBenet Ramsey in House of Gold; Amy in She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange; Li'l Bit in How I Learned to Drive; Heather in Gidion's Knot; Natalie in The Ding Dongs; and Dale in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. Recent World Premiere credits include The Aunt in This Aunt is Not a Cockroach, co-created and produced by square product theatre and Hoarded Stuff Performance; Ham Jones in Ham McBeth and Tiger in SLAB, both created and produced by square product theatre; Peggy Jo Tallas in Peggy Jo & the Desolate Nothing, co-created and produced by Buntport Theater Company and square product theatre; Vanna Whitesnake in Wheel of MISFORTUNE, created and produced by OffCenter at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; and Emily in Some Kind of Fun, created and produced by Screw Tooth Productions.

Emily was recently featured as part of Westword's "100 Colorado Creatives" series, and was recognized by The Denver Post as a 2011 Pathmaker, one of only seven indivuals working in an arts field to receive the honor. In 2016 she was awarded a shared True West Award.



  • Acting (realism and non-realism)
  • Playwriting
  • Script Analysis
  • Directing
  • Devising
  • Critical Theory

 Research Areas:

  • Performance/Practice as Research
  • American Theatre and Performance of the 20th and 21st Centuries including:
    • The American Avant-Garde
    • The American Dream as it relates to marginalized peoples/populations
    • Feminist theatre and performance
    • Disaster narratives
    • American migratory narratives
    • American mythology