Emma Jaster, Acting, Clown, and Puppet Instructor
Emma is an actor, clown, puppeteer, choreographer, director, and teacher and has been called a "splendid mover" (The Washington Post) and "a master of her craft" (Baratunde Thurston). She has performed in New York at Dixon Place, The Brick, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, and HERE Arts Center. She has worked with Cie. Pas de Dieux in Paris, Natanakairali Institute for Sanskrit Theater in India, LaMama's International Theater Symposium in Italy, and U-Theatre, a Grotowski-based Zen-drumming troupe in Taiwan. She is the recipient of two Roland Wood Fellowships for independent graduate study in theater and dance, a HARP artist residency at HERE Arts, and a 2013 artist fellowship from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities which funded the initial development of her last work, "To Know a Veil" ("Jaster has created the kind of performance for which the 21st century is going to be very hungry" -playwright Gwydion Suleibhan). In 2015, Emma performed in Cutting Ball Theatre's production of "Antigone" and was featured with the cast in a story about this production in American Theatre Magazine. She earned her BA in Theater and Dance from Amherst College and studied physical theatre at the Lecoq School in Paris.