BA in Theatre, Directing
Like many in the directing profession, Emily Brantz didn't always start as one. She attended Casper College in Casper, WY as a Theater Performance major. However, she met her mentor and great friend, Dr. William Conte there, and the fire to direct and to create worlds was lit underneath her. At Casper, Brantz assistant directed with Dr. Conte on "You Can't Take it With You", around which she wrote a radio show "The Casper Cavalcade of Stars Radio Extravaganza" and "R.U.R", where she wrote and directed a short commercial, "Why You Should Own an Rossum's Robot." After assisting on these shows, Brantz set her sights higher and adapted and directed a workshop performance of "1984" by George Orwell.
After graduating with an Associates Degree in Performance Theater from Casper with these projects under her belt, Brantz came to Columbia College, where she became a full-fledged directing major and immersed herself in ideas. She directed the short Thornton Wilder play "The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden" in October 2013, which solidified her love for directing and taught her tools for the trade. This year, Brantz directed "The Pageant" by fellow Columbian Jarek Pastor in The Fresh Ink Play Festival in February. Brantz just finished directing, "Hot 'n' Throbbing" by Paula Vogel, one of Brantz's personal heroes and one of the greatest voices in the theater community. After graduation, Brantz wants to continue to collaborate with other artists and shape her own voice in the Chicago theater community.
Brantz is currently interning at Profiles Theater in Chicago.
Image Left: The Pageant by Jarek Pastor