Though she started acting as a young teen,
Emily fell in love with the paradoxical discipline
and freedom of the stage in college. She
realized that as we grow older, many of us stop
playing and start worrying about "how it’s going
to turn out." And usually, the best art happens
when you’re having fun and making discoveries
in the process, not stressing about how it’s going
to come out.
About that time, she started working as an instructor at a drama camp for
kids, and found kids were really good at figuring out how to have fun and
still make great art. Since then, Emily has been teaching kids about the
wonders of self-expression, self-confidence and play. She is currently the
Co-Director of the Literacy Department at STAR Education and seeks to
sneak into the literacy curricula elements of performance and of course
She earned her BFA in Theatre from the University of Detroit and an MFA
in Acting from California State University at Fullerton. While in Detroit,
she received an Oakland County Press Theatre Awards Best Musical
Performance nomination and a Detroit Free Press Best Supporting
Actress nomination. While working on her master’s degree, she studied
in St. Petersburg and Moscow. After earning her degrees, she went on to
teach Drama, Art and Creative Writing and head up the Youth for Arts
Program for Camp Fire USA in Orange County. Emily regularly works with
the Los Angeles based theatre company Theatre Neo. A member since
2003, she is a member of the company's playreading committee and has
performed on many local stages.
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