Who are we?

Perchance To Dream Theatre was founded by Emma Schimminger and Elizabeth Dapo as a part of their post graduate studies at the Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama in London. Their coming together was a result of their individual research projects and the idea of looking at a piece of work using both of their research interests. The resulting piece of work, which was their thesis project, was a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which was performed site specifically at Maple Grove Cemetery in New York City in September 2010.

Elizabeth Dapo                  


Elizabeth Dapo was born in Pueblo, Colorado and grew up on her grandparents ranch in Trinidad, Colorado. She has been in love with puppets from the ripe old age of (at least) 5 and remembers going to Fraggle Rock on many occasion. Liz discovered her knack for theatre when she was 16 and has never looked back. She has worked as a scenic designer, lighting designer, scenic artist, carpenter, and actor for professional companies for the past eight years. Elizabeth received her BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting/Directing from Binghamton University, in Binghamton, New York and received her MA in Advanced Theatre Practice with an emphasis in performing and puppetry from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Liz looks forward to the future and has many projects in mind for the next seven years, at least.  elizabethdapo.com

Emma Schimminger       

Founder, Artistic Director

Emma directed PTDT’s first two productions of Antigone and The Tempest. She works as a freelance lighting designer and technician in Buffalo, NY.  Prior to pursuing her MA at Central, she was a faculty member and the Technical Director at Columbia Prep School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She originally hails from Buffalo where she was the Technical Director for the Irish Classical Theatre Company, as well as a freelance designer. She was also Resident Stage Manager for Shakespeare In Delaware Park for several seasons.  She received her BA in Technical Theatre from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Please visit her website at emmaschimminger.com

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