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EMILY FRANKEL’s writing career began while she was active as a dancer, choreographer.
In New York City, two of her plays "Zinnia" and "One Fine Morning in the Middle of the Night" were presented Off-off Broadway; "People in Show Business Make Long Goodbyes," was presented Off Broadway at the Orpheum Theater. "Footsteps in the Rain" was chosen by the WPA for its Phase One series; her adaptation of "King Lear" was presented at the Terry Schreiber Studio Theater. Commissioned by the Empire State Festival of the Performing Arts, Frankel wrote "Rondejambe" for the Egg Theater in Albany. As playwright in residence at the University of Michigan, her trio of one-act plays, "Peanuts & Tears" was acclaimed by the area newspapers as the best play of the season. Her adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac (a role Frankel tailored for her husband, broadway and television star, John Cullum) was produced at Syracuse Stage, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and toured major cities of the U.S. and Canada under the auspices of Columbia concerts. For "Kings" which Frankel and Cullum presented on Broadway at the Alvin Theater, Frankel adapted and choreographed "The King Must Die," a novel by Mary Renault.
Frankel danced in the companies of Martha Graham and Charles Weidman. As founder/artistic director of her own American Dance Drama Company, she performed in more than a thousand American cities; toured Europe under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department and Arts Council of Great Britain; was a guest artist at Jacob’s Pillow Festival, New London Dance Festival and the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds. As soloist with symphony orchestras, performing in South Africa, South America, Australia, and the Far East, Frankel capped off her dance career at Lincoln Center’s Tully Hall with a 70 minute performance of Mahler's "Fifth Symphony."
Frankel’s novel, "Splintered Heart" was published by Bantam Books. A book about her was written by Teague Jackson, a sports writer, entitled "Encore—The Professional and Personal Triumph of Emily Frankel," published by Prentice Hall.
Her new play, "Shattering Panes," was presented at Studio 17, a showcase theater space which Frankel and Cullum have in their NYC home/dance studio/office.