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Emilyn Kowaleski

Emilyn Kowaleski (they/them) is a queer feminist space holder, writer, director working towards collective healing, transformation, and liberation. They are a mission to dismantle the internal and external oppressive forces that prevent us from being and being seen in the wholeness of our humanity. Originally hailing from the Bay Area, California, Emilyn spent over a decade in New York City creating theatrical experiences and facilitating events. They currently reside in Philadelphia where they continue to write, run long distances, and collaborate with folks across the globe.


Biography

Emilyn Kowaleski (they/them) is a queer feminist space holder, writer, director, and sober healing human, working towards collective, transformation, healing, and liberation. They are a mission to dismantle the internal and external oppressive forces that prevent us from being and being seen in the wholeness of our humanity.

Emilyn was named after their grandmother Emily; Their parents added the N to keep their full name from turning into a song. They are not sure it worked. Born to a book loving feminist and outdoorsy pediatrician in the suburbs of the San Fransisco Bay Area, Emilyn grew up singing to the ocean, performing in plays, and pouring their heart out through poetry.

They moved to New York City in 2008 to study Experimental Theater at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. This was their first introduction to the power of tuning into the impulses of the body and breath. Craving multiple tools to create space for healing, they earned a dual degree in Psychology. It was theater that truly opened the door to an exploration of messy, emotional truths. They continue to play in that exploration in all of their work.

Emilyn spent over a decade in New York City writing, creating, and directing theatrical experiences and facilitating events. They led teams at arts organizations where they creatively supported other artists, created programming, and cultivated inclusive community environments through policy and practice. In 2020, Emilyn earned a master’s degree in Women’s and Gender History at Sarah Lawrence College. Through their historical and creative writing, they aim to reimagine possibilities for our world by dancing with questions about how the one we have was constructed.

Emilyn is a long distance runner and engages in a daily intention and free-writing practice. They collect these musings into a project called Love Notes for Liberation (IG @Love_notes_for_liberation): a collection of love notes to self, offered with love to you. They came to Frequency in 2020 as a student hungry for a space to ease anxiety, recover, and process big feelings. They couldn’t be more excited to hold space for others on their own breathwork journey.

Learn more at EmilynKowaleski.com.  Follow them at @Emilywithan_N.