Member of the Week: Emily Ranii
Monday, August 19, 2019
Posted by: John Meredith
Emily Ranii (she/her/hers) is the Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University (WFT@BU), Academic Program Head of Boston University's Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI) and Lecturer for Boston University's Opera Institute. An educator and director of theatre, musical theatre, and opera, she relishes explorations of imaginative worlds along with stories of individuals and/or communities discovering their own capacity to make change.
She has directed James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web (co-director with Jim Byrne) for WFT; Mrs. Packard for Bridge Repertory Theatre Company/Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; After Life, Sweets By Kate, The Cradle Will Rock and Hydrogen Jukebox for Boston University; The Normal Heart, Heisenberg, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer for Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member 2002-Present); and Blood Wedding (co-director with E.D. Intemann) and The Body Project for Cornell University. Emily previously served as Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College, Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University, and Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she directedEurydice, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and a series of 10-minute plays for the annual 10 By 10 festival.
She holds an M.F.A. (Directing) and Certificate (Arts Administration) from Boston University as well as a B.A. from Cornell University. Upcoming projects include two WFT@BU productions: Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and The Little Prince, in rep with Bud, Not Buddy directed by StageSource’s own Dawn Simmons! www.emilyranii.com
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