#Local Girls, Emma Goidel


On today’s podcast, we meet Emma Goidel, local playwright whose works has been making the rounds here in Philadelphia. Member of the ever-popular Orbiter3, Emma’s new work, “Local Girls” will be mounted by Azuka Theatre Company. We get to know Emma, going back to her roots in Georgia and in general, talking about the arts and obligations of playwrighting. Stay Tuned!



High school chemistry genius Diskit needs some friends who aren’t her dad. High school burnout Riley needs a new screamer for her metal band. The Zombie Fuel Energy Drink Wreak Ruckus Battle of the Bands could transform them both from high school losers into rock gods. But will that be enough to get them out of Tucker, Georgia? Azuka’s 10th world premiere by a local playwright is Emma Goidel’s scream rock fantasia about searching for big-time glory in a small-time town.


Emma is a founding member of the critically acclaimed producing playwrights collective Orbiter 3 and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group. Her plays include Local Girls (Azuka Theatre, 2016), A Knee That Can Bend (Orbiter 3, 2015), The Gap (development: LAByrinth Theater Company & InterAct Theatre Company), and We Can All Agree To Pretend This Never Happened (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Òran Mór in Scotland, Tiny Dynamite/InterAct). She co-created the 2014 FringeArts Festival hit Safe Space with Apocalypse Club, a collaboration with playwrights Emily Acker and Douglas Williams and director Maura Krause. Emma was a Writing Fellow at the Playwrights Realm, Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company, a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center, a member of the Philadelphia Foundry, and the 2012 Dasha Epstein Playwriting Fellowship at New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Theater. She is a 2015 Princess Grace Award Finalist, two-time Arnold L. Weissberger Award nominee, winner of the New South Young Playwrights Competition, NNPN Smith Prize nominee, and semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Local Girls was included in The Kilroys 2015 Honorable Mentions: the top 32% of plays by women recommended by artistic leaders as among “the best work they had encountered in the past year.” Emma’s short plays have been presented at Philadelphia Theater Company, Horizon Theater (Atlanta), SIT: Dakar, and UPenn. She received a BA with Honors in Theatre from Barnard College in 2012.