Emily Jones is a Professor of Theatre at Lindenwood University. She earned a BFA in Theatre from Midwestern State University and a MFA in Directing from the University of Arkansas. Emily has directed and stage managed more than fifty plays and musicals for professional, educational and community venues such as Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Theatre Squared, Runway Theatre, Sustainable Theatre Project, and ACT INC. Some of her favorite productions include: A Man of No Importance, Anna Karenina, Blue Room (WHAT), Silent Sky, Jack and Jill, and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Early in her career she served as the Executive Director of the Performing Arts Alliance in Texas, a community organization producing live theatre and performance programs for children and young adults. Emily then attended graduate school on a Doctoral Fellowship and while at the University of Arkansas, she taught Introduction to Theatre Arts, Theatre Lecture, and Directing courses. She was awarded the H Preston Magruder Award for Excellence in Academic and Theatrical Achievement at the University of Arkansas and most recently was named the Fain College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumnus at Midwestern State University. She is a member of ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), TCG (Theatre Communications Group), and the EDTA (Educational Theatre Association) College Council.