Assistant Professor of Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Activities East 225F
B.A. 2007, Cornell University
M.F.A., 2013, Boston University
Certificate in Arts Administration, 2013, Boston University
Emily Ranii is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wheelock College, Academic Program Head of Boston University's Summer Theatre Institute, Lecturer for Boston University's Opera Institute, and a director of theatre, musical theatre, and opera. She is committed to using theatre in the classroom and community to unlock generosity, humor, critical inquiry, and empathy. Through collaborative storytelling, she trains artists and educators to discover their individual voices in order to become more active citizens of the world. She has previously taught for Cornell University (Visiting Lecturer 2014-15) and Boston University's School of Theatre.
Her research includes directing such productions as Mrs. Packard in a co-production between Bridge Repertory Theatre (Boston) and Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company (NYC); Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; 9 Parts of Desire for Playmakers Repertory Company; 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); The Cradle Will Rock, Hydrogen Jukebox, and The Old Maid and the Thief (live radio broadcast) for Boston University; Blood Wedding, Pippin, and The Body Project for Cornell University; and Charlotte's Web for Wheelock Family Theatre. She served as Artistic Director of ArtsCenter Stage in Carrboro, NC, 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.
Her upcoming projects include directing Sweets by Kate for Boston University's Opera Institute and The Normal Heart for Burning Coal Theatre Company as well as serving as the live video editor for Persona, a Beth Morrison Production adapted and directed by Jay Scheib and touring to the REDCAT in Los Angeles.
- Introduction to Theatre
- History of Musical Theatre
- Story Theatre
- Acting II
- Directing Plays
- Witty Women Playwrights