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.
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.