Emily MacLeod

Show Director

Measure for Measure, Session 1

Favorite Shakespeare Play:

Henry IV, Part 1

Shakespeare Character that best describes me:

Beatrice, Much Ado about Nothing

Favorite Shakespeare quote:

“Your bum is the greatest thing about you.” – Measure for Measure

Favorite Play that isn’t by Shakespeare:

The James Plays by Rona Munro

Hogwarts House:


All-time favorite ASC Moment:

The preshow of Cyrano de Bergerac (2014) when Christian wandered through the audience trying to find Roxane as the band played “Use Somebody.”

All-Time Favorite ASCTC Moment:

Too many to count, but my first summer as a counselor (2011) when then-camp director Doreen Bechtol performed a scene as Olivia from Twelfth Night in What You Will, and I was enlisted in the last minute to play Maria. She was perfectly off-book after playing the role years before, and it was mesmerizing.


Emily MacLeod is a PhD student in English at the George Washington University. Her research interests include Shakespeare and early modern drama, with a particular interest in race, disability, repertory, and performance practices across historical periods. She holds a MA in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London/Shakespeare’s Globe and a BA in drama from Vassar College. She has worked professionally as a teaching artist at Trinity Repertory Company, and a dramaturg for TheatreTruck in Massachusetts (The Mill Project, 2017) and Brave Spirits Theatre in Virginia (As You Like It, 2019). She worked as a counselor (or RDA) for ASCTC from 2011-2014, and this is her third summer directing after King John (2016) and Q1 Hamlet (2018). She loves returning to Staunton in the summer to make art with these incredibly bright and talented young people.