Emily Lyon is an award-winning Brooklyn-based director and story editor. Her work shapes stories to have the most impact, particularly focusing on the importance of language and communication. Feminism, climate change, media ecology, and digital privacy are amongst her key issues. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Hedgepig Ensemble, where she is curating the Expand the Canon project – a call to action for classical theaters to include women’s work and right the narrative of history. In March 2020, Emily was part of the first U.S. cohort of the Creative Climate Leadership, created by Julie’s Bicycle and hosted at Biosphere 2, which engaged a wide range of artists in how to tell powerful climate change stories. Previous projects include: co-creating the Social Impact Writers Lab, gamifying environmental justice as part of the Civilians R&D Group, and creating comedic shorts around the perils of facial recognition. In response to the 2016 election, she created and produced How We Hear, a theatrical piece looking at political debates through US history in search of returning nuance to our divisive conversations. Inspired by Neil Postman and media ecology, she tells stories that interrogate our media systems and cultural narratives/assumptions.
In 2015, Emily was a recipient of the Drama League Directing Fellowship and a Geva Theatre Directing Fellow. She has joined the Drama League as a Media Associate, helping to shape their voice and image, and serves as their Captain for the Broadway Green Alliance. https://www.emilyalyon.com/