Emmanuelle Delpech is a theater artist: actor, director and teacher.

In France, Emmanuelle was classically trained at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dramatique de la Ville de Paris and then studied physical theater at l’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.  She went back to school in Philadelphia and earned an MFA from Temple University in Directing. In 2021, Emmanuelle will be graduating once more from the Jacques Lecoq school, earning her 3rd pedagogical year, which makes her a certified Lecoq teacher.

Emmanuelle has also taken workshops with Philippe Gaulier, Virginia Scott, Norman Taylor and Chris Bayes.  She was a member of The Pig Iron Theatre Company for 8 years as an actor/creator.

As an independent artist, Emmanuelle directs new creations for other artists, she also creates and performs in her own pieces or directs for regional theaters. She created and performed Spinning Immigrant, and in Madame Douce-Amere produced by 1812 Productions. Her collaboration with Jen Child continued for her project The Woman and Comedy Project: It’s my party!

Emmanuelle also directed Oedipus at FDR, FRONTIN’ with James Ijames on the tradition of Blackface performances and the identity of the black performers in America, Charlotte Ford’s BANG, her clown adaptation of Marivaux’s La Dispute, and for her thesis Moliere’s Tartuffe as an urban clown feast.

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Emmanuelle is that perfect balance between rigor and warmth, professionalism and playfulness.
- Richard Crawford
Co-Director, Movement Theater Studio NYC

Emmanuelle has been directing for the Arden Theater in Philadelphia. Shows include: La Bete, The Legend of Georgia McBride and Touchtones, a new musical by Michael Holinger.

Emmanuelle also works outside of Philadelphia. In June & July 2009, she performed with The Second City Chicago in Reverie directed by Dexter Bullard.

As a consultant, Emmanuelle worked for the Civilians’s piece The Great Immensity. She worked again with Steve Cosson as a mime consultant for Anne Washburn’s new play: A Devil at Noon.

As a teacher, Emmanuelle has taught semester-long courses at Swarthmore College, Bryn Mawr College and University of the Arts. She currently teaches a 2-semester class for the graduate and undergraduate program at Temple University where she has been teaching on and off for the last 12 years.

She has also taught workshops for the Volcano Institute in Toronto and the Movement Theater Studio in NYC (where she is a regular on the Director’s track) and in higher ed at Williams College, Denison University and Davidson College. She travels often around the United States (Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC) to teach workshops to artists seeking a devised practice. Her teaching includes the Jacques Lecoq pedagogy as well as other devising methods.

Emmanuelle was a regular faculty member of the Headlong Performance Institute and is a full time professor at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Training, which is an MFA with the University of the Arts.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Notable Moments


Barrymore Award for Best supporting actress in a musical as "Madeleine" in James Joyce is dead and so is Paris (Pig Iron Theatre Company)

Barrymore Nomination for Best Ensemble for Flop! (Pig Iron Theatre Company)


Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation for Madame Douce-Amere


Philadelphia City Paper Award - Actress who can make you like even the least bit of mime for Madame Douce-Amere

Barrymore Nomination for Best Supporting actress in a play for Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Pig Iron Theater Company)


Philadelphia Magazine Award for Best  Actress


Barrymore Nomination for Best Director, The Legend of Georgia McBride


Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation, for professional development to study at Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

Emmanuelle on cover of American Theatre magazine
Emmanuelle with brown wig and giant sunglasses
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There are three masks:  The one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common.
- Jacques Lecoq

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