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Who Is Emma?

Photography by Curtis and Cort


Emma Cavage (she/her) is a director and assistant director from Savannah, GA. Emma is the 11th Annual SDCF Charles Abbott Fellow. 


Emma is an alum of Boston University's Conservatory Theatre Program. While there, she obtained a BFA Theatre Arts with a Directing Concentration and a Minor in Arts Leadership. She additionally received a Certificate in Advanced Directing with a Concentration in Musical Theatre from The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and completed a Viewpoints for Director's Workshop with SITI Company. 

Emma specializes in directing musical theatre, and is passionate about deconstructing and reimagining existing works.  

Union: SDC Associate Member

Photography by Curtis and Cort

Emma is based in New York City. She just Directed Spring Awakening at the Jefferey and Paula Gural Theater at the ART/NY Complex. Now Emma is currently working as the Associate Director on two projects with Hannah Ryan - English Girls Do Great in LA and Four Calling Birds. 

Recent assisting includes: Associate Director to Hannah Ryan on a new musical in development at Theatre 555, and Assistant Director to Mark S. Hoebee on Fiddler on the Roof at Paper Mill Playhouse. Summer 2023, Emma was at The Muny as the Assistant Director to Josh Rhodes on Chess and Lili-Anne Brown RENT. 

Directing: Taking Over Your Life (World Premiere) at Gallery Players, Untitled Middle School Middle (Staged Reading - with dance), a Youth Production of Beauty & the Beast, and LIZZIE: The Musical at Boston University.

Working on Taking Over Your Life at Gallery Players


Emma has worked with companies such as: The Muny, Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Aspen, New Repertory Theater, Central Square Theater, and Boston's Lyric Stage Company.


She has also had the privilege to work with and be mentored by artists such as Victoria Clark, Josh Rhodes, Hannah Ryan, Michael Baxter, Abbey O'Brien, Michael J Bobbitt, and Ben Liebert.

Matching with Abbey O'Brien post-cabaret at Theatre Aspen

Emma creates, shares, and stands behind bold, honest, and joyful work. She strives to focus on the soft and ridiculous parts of tension. 

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Working on Untitled Middle School Play at The Tank

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