Emma Ayres is a teaching artist, writer, director, musician, performer and activist, native to the Pioneer Valley. Her writing credits include: The Emily Dickinson Project co-written with Brianna Sloane, The Water Project and Mom Baby God co-created with Madeline Burrows, Emma Weinstein and Alison Smartt.
Her plays have been featured at: The Double Take Fringe Festival, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Edinburgh Theatre Festival and The Emily Dickinson Museum. Directing credits include: Eurydice with Detonated Theatre Co., The Emily Dickinson Project with Theatre Truck Co., Mom Baby God and The Water Project. Her writing focuses on bringing visibility to local history that has been depoliticized and forgotten. She is the recipient of The Rand Award for excellence in playwriting and directing. Emma’s acting credits include: Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pan in Peter Pan at The University of Massachusetts. Emma has 3 years of Suzuki Movement training (a traditional Japanese movement-based theater practice) and has co-taught multiple classes at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Emma is the lead singer in the local band EMMA JUNE and a freelance composer. Her music can be listened to at emmajunemusic.bandcamp.com. Emma completed her BA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in a self-created major in Arts in Education.
Emma joined Enchanted Circle Theater as a performer and teaching artist in the summer of 2015 and is committed to arts integrated education because as Rudolph Steiner says: “Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”
Who We Are
” I learned many ways to focus children’s attention using quick activities. I gained suggestions for ways to stimulate discussion and expand vocabulary and oral language for my ESL students.”
~ Holyoke Public Schools Kindergarten Teacher