Chair and Professor
Campus Address: Donald Savage Building 222A
Ann Emo started her career in New York City after she received her M.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She worked in the New York City area for several years designing costumes for stage, dance, film, and opera. She was the resident costume designer for the Theater and Dance Alliance (TADA), a children's theater organization whose performers are children and young adults.
After moving to Buffalo in the early 1990s, Emo continued her work as a costume designer and technician at Studio Arena Theatre. She designed over 10 productions for Studio Arena including Three Days of Rain, Ghosts, Hail Mary, and Angels in America. Emo has designed several productions for GEVA Theater Center in Rochester, NY, including Doubt, The Mountaintop, and Freud’s Last Session, as well as several industrial costume designs nationally. Her work has been seen locally at the Theater of Youth (TOY), Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Kavinoky, Irish Classical Theatre Company and the Jewish Repertory Theater of Buffalo.
Emo received ArtVoice Theatre Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for her work on The Tempest for Shakespeare in Delaware Park, School for Husbands and The Liar for the Irish Classical Theater Company.
Currently, she holds the position of associate professor in the Theater Department where she teaches costume design, stage make-up, and technical theater. She designs the costumes for the Theater Department productions and mentors student designers. Her engagement outside of the department includes 2017-2018 Chair of the College Senate Curriculum Committee, participation in General Education Task Force, Leadership- Applied Learning, SoTL and contributor to HIPs Mini-conference 2017.
In addition to her work in theater, Emo has earned a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do. She is a volunteer instructor with the organization and has held several self-defense seminars on campus.
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