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May 25th, 2020

The Passion Project podcast had me on to talk about directing theatre and film, and why I'm so passionate about the stories I tell. We chatted about some of my recent projects and discussed life after undergrad in quarantine.

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The Passion Project


"When Words Fail, What Remains?"


"The 2018 24 Hour Musicals"

October 29, 2018

Assistant director to Robert O'Hara for The 24 Hour Musicals on Broadway benefiting The Lillys. Written by Ashley Nicole Black with music by Kirsten Childs, starring Norm Lewis, Jasmine Cephas-Jones, Merle Dandrige, Joel Marsh Garland, and Emily Estefan. View the program and event information here

The Lillys

Photo credit: Howard Sherman.

The Knockturnal


"The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals Debut Future Broadway Talent"

August 18, 2018

This article highlights the plays and performances featured at The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2018. I directed Doggo, a new play written by Maxine Dillon, at Theatre Row. This was my off-Broadway directorial debut. Read more here!

"Over 35 Actors, Playwrights, and Directors Announced for 24 Hour Plays: Nationals"



July 23, 2018

I was selected to be a Director in The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2018 Company. "The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals is a professional experience for artists 25 and under. Over the course of a weekend, the company will engage in workshops, panel discussions, and their own production of The 24 Hour Plays in an Off-Broadway theatre." Check out the official announcement here.


"How The New School’s Emily Messana Is Breaking A Leg In Theater"

December 8, 2017

"From directing Shakespeare to co-founding a production company, The New School’s Emily Messana is building her theater career one play at a time."

Read the full article here.

Study Breaks

Photo credit: Andrew Hallenberg.


"The Making of a Creative Cafe With Emily Messana"

March 17, 2017

"Emily Messana does not see being a freshman as a limitation on her path to being a director. The New School for Drama allows their students to use a platform known as Creative Cafe to bring productions that they care about to the community. Using this program, Emily decided to take on an extremely challenging production, David Harrower’s Blackbird, in order to both expand her reach as a director and bring a story she deeply cares for to the other members of The New School."

Read the full article here.

Her Campus

Photo credit: Cearah Peck.


"School For Drama Created Seven New Plays Last Week"

November 4, 2016

I directed a new play by Sophia Cohen Smith and was featured in this article! "The New Works Festival is put on once every semester by Naked Angels, the professional theater company within The New School for Drama. It is a seven day festival wherein groups of four to six students write, direct, and perform their own 10-minute play. Each semester it is assisted by teaching artists from each field (playwriting, directing, and acting). This semester the teaching staff for New Works was completely made up of The New School for Drama alumni."

Read the full article here.

New School Free Press

Photo credit: Emily Messana.

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