Emilio Rodriguez began his theatrical 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 a pair of his mama’s red high heels. His plays are no longer seen by stuffed animals, but they are seen by wonderful people all over the country. His play Swimming While Drowning has been performed at Cara Mia Theatre, Milagro Theatre, Teatro Vivo, Stages Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, Theatre Nova, and Art Vallarta. Emilio is also the Artistic Director of Black and Brown Theatre, a Detroit theatre focused on creating opportunities for theatre artists of color and their communities. When not creating theatre, Emilio can be found teaching theatre at a variety of venues from a preschool to a senior center.
Black and Brown Theatre is a non-profit theatre creating opportunities for theatre artists of color and the communities they are a part of through live performances, workshops, digital media, classes, and other events