Emily Ranii is the Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University (WFT@BU). She has directed James and the Giant Peach for WFT@BU; Mrs. Packard for Bridge Repertory Theatre Company/Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; After Life, Sweets By Kate, The Cradle Will Rock and Hydrogen Jukebox for Boston University; The Normal Heart, Heisenberg, Romeo and Juliet, Brigadoon, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer for Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member 2002-Present); Blood Wedding (co-director with E.D. Intemann) and The Body Project for Cornell University; and Proof for Temple Theatre. Emily served as Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, North Carolina, from 2008-2010, where she directed Eurydice, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and a series of 10-minute plays for the annual 10 By 10 festival.
Emily is Academic Program Head of Boston University's Summer Theatre Institute (BUSTI) and Lecturer for Boston University's Opera Institute. She has previously served as Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College and Visiting Lecturer for Cornell University. Courses include: Acting, Directing, Movement, Collaborative Theatre Ensemble, Improvisation, History of Musical Theatre, Aesthetics, Women Playwrights, Shakespeare, and Public Speaking.
Emily has studied with theatre artists at The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center’s LCT3, Huntington Theatre Company, A.R.T. Institute, and The Actors’ Gang. She holds an M.F.A. (Directing) and Certificate (Arts Administration) from Boston University as well as a B.A. from Cornell University. As a graduate student at Boston University, she directed Anne Boleyn, Tongue of a Bird, Mary's Wedding, The Imaginary Invalid, Arcadia, The Maids, and God's Ear.