Emma Crane Jaster
Parent Artist Space Grant (2018/2019)

Emma Crane Jaster (she/they) specializes in physical expression and communication as a performer, director, educator, and facilitator. Her work onstage, in the world, and in the classroom focuses on the cross-cultural and humanizing potential of performance. She is Associate Director of The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University where she works with international artists at the intersection of politics and performance and develops courses to share the skills of the stage for the sake of diplomacy and advocacy. She teaches Movement at The Shakespeare Theater Company’s Academy of Classical Acting, and is an Associate Artist of Heartbeat Opera in NYC, where she received a rave review in the NYT for her stage direction of Lady M in 2023. She has studied and made work in France, India, Taiwan, China, Poland, Italy, Palestine, and Senegal, working with artists from South Africa, Rwanda, the Philippines, Vietnam, Venezuela, Russia, Armenia, and the list goes on…

During her parent space grant at BAX, she worked with an ensemble of artists to explore expectations of care as they intersect with expectations of gender and race. Together, they created a series of dance videos and a set of game questions they called the “1, 2, punch cards” prompting participants to go beyond pleasantries. She is ever grateful for the deeply nourishing time that grant encouraged.

IG: @notapapercrane / @mamaisamaker

Websites: emmajaster.com / globallab.georgetown.edu