Staff Report

Resident Artist Emily Trask has taken on an additional role as Literary Associate and Hurlbert Fellow at Pacific Conservatory Theatre.

The PCPA Literary Associate participates in season planning, oversees script selection and public readings, including PCPA’s upcoming InterPlay reading series, reviews script submissions, manages playwright relations and coordinates with production processes for play readings and the development of new works.

Trask will also provide text analysis and dramaturgy for individual productions, mentor dramaturgy interns, and lead talk-backs for productions, readings and workshops.

The new Literary Associate role is made possible through a gift by Emily and Dene Hurlbert, who have created a Hurlbert Fellowship that will support a portion of PCPA’s literary development activities over the next five years.

Trask joined PCPA in 2018 and has appeared in recent productions of Peter Pan, Shakespeare in Love, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and The Importance of Being Earnest.

She also teaches Shakespeare I in PCPA’s two-year conservatory program.

 “I’m thrilled to have PCPA’s commitment to language and contemporary voices in the theater find such a capable advocate as Emily Trask,” Artistic Director Mark Booher said. “Emily’s literary savvy, dexterous intelligence and powerful linguistic intuition, to say nothing of her own masterful facility with rich language for the theater, make her a potent addition to the artistic team at PCPA.”

Trask’s experience includes extensive regional work with such theaters as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Baltimore Center Stage, and The Alley Theatre, where she was a resident company member. She has appeared off-Broadway, as well as in film and TV and on recordings.

She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. She received her bachelor’s degree in theatre/literature from Grinnell College and her master of fine arts in degree in acting from Yale School of Drama.