Emilio Rodriguez is a theatre artist who began his career at the age of 2 performing one-kid adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his parents' living room using a broom, a funnel, and his mama's high heels. Since then, he got his degree in theatre from U.C. Irvine and went on to pursue acting, directing and playwriting. He has taught theatre at Monster Box Theatre, Mumford High School, Cranbrook Summer Theatre Camp, Living Arts Detroit, Detroit Wolftrap, and West Hills. Emilio has directed for companies like Shakespeare in Detroit, Two Muses Theatre, and Black and Brown Theatre for which he is the current Artistic Director.
Emilio's play "Swimming While Drowning" was featured in the anthology Scenes for Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre and has been professionally produced in Dallas, Houston, Austin, Portland, Minneapolis and Ann Arbor. His play "Mamacita" was performed at Planet Ant Theatre and was also a part of the Austin New Latino Play Festival, the Great Plains Theater Conference and was selected to be a part of the Lark Playwrights' Week in New York. Emilio's play "Dance Again" has been produced in New York, Houston, Orlando, and Pittsburgh and was featured in the After Orlando Series.
His newest play "God Kinda Looks Like Tupac" premiered at Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor. Emilio has guest taught playwriting at the University of Michigan and the University of Houston. He was also selected as the guest playwright for the 2017 Theatre Kalamazoo Festival and the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Midwest Region in 2019.
He is also a 2018 Kresge Arts Fellow.