(Bio as of June 2022)
Emily Preis, Standby for Madeline Sayet (she/her) is a proud citizen of the Osage Nation as well as a New York City-based maker, performer and organizer who loves any opportunity to explore the incredible power of storytelling and community sharing. Since receiving her BFA from NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing, she has collaborated with her advisor, Mauricio Salgado, to turn her thesis, “Performance as an Act for Tribal Sovereignty,” into a theatre studies course now offered at NYU. For her work as an actress, she was named one of the finalists for Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program’s inaugural Misty Upham Award for Young Native Actors. Select credits include Lovely Dark & Deep (Broadway Podcast Network); Fairly Traceable (American Bar Association); Tree Tales (Prospect Theater); Your Good Friend Jay Silverheels (YIPAP); Bingo Hall (AICH) and When Farah Cries (Borderlight International Theater Festival). Emily hopes to continue to explore ways to build community and challenge harmful narratives through performance.