BA- West Virginia University
Stage Manager’s Association
Professor Stafford joined the faculty of West Virginia University in the fall of 2019 teaching and mentoring in stage management. She also serves as the Production Manager for West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT), a regional theatre based in Morgantown. Emily has been with WVPT for 5 years, splitting her time as both Production Manager and Production Stage Manager for their summer seasons. A 2017 graduate of WVU with a BA in Theatre Studies and an emphasis in Stage Management, Emily is no stranger to the Creative Arts Center and its operations. During her time at WVU, she stage managed five Main Stage productions including Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic Pirates of Penzance in her final semester. Before her time at WVU, Emily studied Music Education at Troy University expanding her love for music and opera. Since graduating, Emily has had the opportunity to combine that love with her skills in stage management working for the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, FL, as well as Opera Naples in Naples, FL. And despite her time in Florida, Emily never misses an opportunity to come home to her alma mater and to work with West Virginia Public Theatre, and now WVU. Sharing her time and talents between opera and theatre, Emily’s most recent Stage Management credits include Storming Heaven: The Musical (PSM, 2019 - WorldPremiere), It’s A Wonderful Life (SM, 2018), A Hatful of Rain (SM, 2018), Peter and the Starcatcher (SM, 2018), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (SM, 2017), and Young Frankenstein (SM, 2017) with WEST VIRGNIA PUBLIC THEATRE, Carmen at OPERA NAPLES (ASM, 2019), Die Zauberflöte (ASM, 2019) and at SARASOTAOPERA, a double bill of Rita and Susanna’s (ASM, 2019), The Little Sweep (ASM,2018) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (ASM, 2018).