Emily MacLeod

Show Director

Q1 Hamlet, Session 1

Favorite Shakespeare Play:

Henry IV, Part 1

Shakespeare Character that best describes me:

Celia in As You Like It

Favorite Shakespeare quote:

“A star danced, and under that was I born.” – Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

Favorite Play that isn’t by Shakespeare:

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

All-time favorite ASC Moment:

While there are too many to count, I’ll choose a Hamlet one: the 2011 production at the interval when Ben Curns (Polonius) played “Murder in the City” by the Avett Brothers with Greg Phelps (Laertes) and Miriam Donald Burrows (Ophelia) singing back-up. A beautiful tribute to that tragic family.


Emily is an English PhD student at the George Washington University. Her research interests include Shakespeare in modern performance, race, and the history play. She holds a MA in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London/Shakespeare’s Globe. She taught middle school drama for two years, and has worked professionally as a dramaturg and teaching artist. ASCTC has been for her summer home on and off for eight years, after counseling from 2011-2014 and returning in 2016 to direct King John.