Emily Gray became Executive Director of MMD in November 2019 and is enjoying meeting members and learning rapidly about the evolving new musical theatre scene. She works 4 days a week for MMD and on her 5th day is pursuing freelance directing and dramaturgy projects, including work with Divya Kasturi Dance and Pursued by a Bear Theatre Company.
Her freelance work in recent years includes developing and directing new musicals Yarico (London Theatre Workshop), In Versions (Umbrella Rooms), A Little Princess (The Other Palace) and she directed a new AI version of Frankenstein, complete with Virtual Reality, for the National Youth Theatre (Southwark Playhouse) in October 2019.
Emily was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Trestle Theatre Company from 2004-2019, based at Trestle Arts Base in Hertfordshire. In her time at Trestle, a renowned mask and physical theatre company, Emily developed its international reach and established its vibrant community building. Emily produced and directed innovative performance and education programmes including recent tours of Rachel, a Holocaust survivor’s story told through full mask, a half mask version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and a schools’ version of Yarico, part of the Royal Opera House Trailblazer programme. She established Trestle’s artist development, teaching and training provision and health and wellbeing programmes.
Prior to Trestle, Emily was Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company in Glasgow, Associate Director at Unicorn Theatre in London and Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse and Roundabout TIE. She started her career as an assistant director on West Side Story (UK tour), The Sound of Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and she directed the first ever non Nunn/Caird production of Les Miserables, which played in Bermuda in 1998. In her various roles Emily has worked with numerous composers and writers and she is delighted to have found that many of these artists also write musicals and are MMD members.