Hi, I'm Emily. I was born and raised in Portland, OR, went to college in St. Louis, MO, moved to New York to perform, got a job teaching acting in France, got married to a filmmaker and now live in Ireland. Not a bad gig, eh?
I have always wanted to make my mark in this world through art. I wasn't blessed with the skills to be an architect or mechanic, a doctor or pilot, but thankfully I was born with the bug of music and theater. I come from a large family of talent, went to schools where my educators were fiercely driven and kind, and have traveled to places that have shaped my life in more ways than one. I believe that art will teach, invoke, inspire and make change, and all I'm trying to do is be a part of the fun.
Byron Grant, my college professor, friend and very wise man once told me, "Emily, why be nervous? There are people out there that can do things that you won't ever be able to do. But you've got something those folks will never touch. So why not just go out there and be YOU." In all my work, my teaching and living, that's what I hope to pass on...cheer on those around you, and know that you are enough. Thanks, Byron.
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From Portland to St. Louis, New York to Normandy and now Ireland, my passion for performance has been an integral part of my life. Coming from a musical family and graduating with honors from Webster University's Leigh Gerdine Conservatory for Musical Theatre, I have always felt at home on stage or in front of a microphone. In 2006 I co-founded Dalliance Theatre Co. in New York where I had the pleasure of not only performing but directing and producing original works by various New York playwrites. Soon after, I started the first of 5 tour seasons with Theatre Works USA while continuing my relationships with New York and regional companies such as The Flea Theater, Theater Raleigh and Wreckio Ensemble. I began teaching for Berridge Programs in 2008, where I developed my private coaching practice which continued throughout the last 9 years in New York (please see my Coach page for more details). Now in Dublin and Cork, I have partnered with Madra Mor Productions to further my career in arts development as well as continuing my path of performance and coaching.
Member of Actors Equity Association (USA)
Irish Mobile: 083 8757 803 - email@example.com
Eyes: Blue/Green Height: 5’8” Mezzo/Belter
Pump Boys and Dinettes Rhetta Theater Raliegh (NC) Director: Tim Seib
A Christmas Carol (2007-2014) Mrs. Cratchit Theatreworks USA (NY) Director: Kevin Del Aguila
The Horses In Central Park Snowy Artistic New Directions (NY) Director: Paul Hufker
Me, Myself, I and the Others Hangback The Wreckio Ensemble (NY) Directors: Kim Kressal/Dechelle Damien
Small Talk (Love No Evil) Danielle Dalliance Theatre Company (NY) Director: Andy Ottoson
Kaspar Hauser (Workshop) Ensemble The Flea Theatre (NY) Director: Elizabeth Swados
HOliday movies (‘Twas the Night before…) Movie Actor The Flea Theatre (NY) Director: Elizabeth Swados
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Esmeralda Timber Lake Playhouse (IL) Director: Brad Lyons
The Graduate Mrs. Robinson Timber Lake Playhouse (IL) Director: Chuck Smith
The Full Monty Estelle Timber Lake Playhouse (IL) Director: Brad Lyons
Into the Woods Witch Browning Theatre (MO) Director: Christopher Gurr
Lucky Chance Lady Fulbank Browning Theatre (MO) Director: Bruce Longworth
Nine Louisa Contini Browning Theatre (MO) Director: Christopher Gurr
As Bees in Honey Drown Alexa Vere de Vere Webster U. Stage III (MO) Director: Daren Leonard
La Fantome The Girl Green Heart Productions (FR) Director: Henry Ainsworth
Prestige Jewelry Club Woman Framework Productions (NY) Director: Steve Pierce
Noon Woman Green Heart Productions (FR) Director: Morgan McGowan
Anywhere Astoria Kristen Framework Productions (NY) Director: Steve Pierce
Verité Eva Webster University (MO) Director: Doug Finlyson
Quinn Missy Martin Productions (OR) Director: Isham Martin
Faculty - Voice & Speech, Acting Techniques (2008-Present)
Berridge Programs - Normandy, France
Violations Dalliance Theater Company (NY)
Echoes Webster University (MO)
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Webster University (MO)
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Webster University
*Graduated with Department of Fine Arts Honors
Acting: Steve Woolf, Byron Grant, Bruce Longworth, Kathleen Singleton, Gary Glasgow, Dale Moffit
Voice and Speech: Bill Lynch, Guy Molnar, Christopher Gurr
Movement/Dance: Dana Lewis, Gary Hubler, Ellen Isom, Liz Shipman, Debra Simpson, Kim Bozark
(Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Laban, Masks, T’ai Ch’ai, Period style: Restoration and Elizabethan dance)
Dialects (Stage Standard, Standard British, Cockney, Standard Irish, French, Scottish, Polish, Southern, Mountain, New York); Basic gymnastics; yoga; piano; soccer; jump rope; hair and makeup; basic sheet music sight reading; stage combat (dagger, rapier, unarmed, stick fighting); Basic Ukulele
*Scary old lady voice!
Singing is everything to me. It's my way of coping, my way of processing and problem-solving and my way of healing. I am incredibly lucky to come from a very warm, loving, talented family who have supported my life in the arts world from the beginning. I went to Grant High School - a public school in Portland where there wasn't exactly a ton of money invested in the arts but certainly no shortage of passion, creativity and strong teaching in both music and theater. Choir was like my daily meditation, and there's no doubt it was a launch pad for my future as a performer.
The Firth Sisters - My sister Kelli and I have been singing together our whole lives, but it wasn't until we were both settled in NY that we started looking at the idea of The Firth Sisters. Our goal was simple: sing and make ourselves and those around us happy. We are passionate about harmony, and will sometimes spend hours drilling, reshaping a single phrase in a song until we get the sound we want. In 2007 we were fortunate enough to back Mishal Moore in her solo album Bleed Out, and most recently opened for her band We Are Baker in New York's Rockwood Music Hall. Outside of our own shows, we've performed for weddings, corporate events, private parties, theater openings, etc. Whether it's making Michael Jackson's Thriller into a folk song, turning Smashing Pumpkin's Bullet with Butterfly Wings to cool jazz, or covering a Disney favorite during your wedding processional, we love taking on new songs to rearrange and happily accept the challenge! Our videos can be seen here!
What I offer...
In 2008, my career shifted abroad to Normandy, France where I began teaching Acting Techniques and Voice & Speech for Berridge Programs, where I still teach each summer to this day. I am a firm believer in the idea that there is no single way to acting, and certainly no "right" way to act. I feel it is my job as a teacher to allow each student's inherent strengths, tools and instincts to come forward and "fill their tool belt" so that the choices they make on stage or behind a camera can be expressed through truth and action. I often focus on breath, physical action and intention as well as engaging in each character's given circumstances, but most important, I believe in the power of the imagination! My course at Berridge is described: "Gain truth in your acting and perfect the skill of being 'in the moment'. Free your voice, imagination and physicality as you discover how to connect with your objectives more fully and make strong, active choices."
From 2009 to 2016 I developed my private coaching in New York with students of all ages for a variety of performance needs such as college audition guidance, dialect coaching, public speaking, song repertoire and voice lessons. I've most recently partnered up with Brian Benjamin Dwyer and Madra Mor Productions in 2016 where we offer a multitude of services from Video Production, Corporate Training, Photography and more.
Let's work together!
Whether you want to hire me, collaborate with me, or just say hello, I'd love to know what's on your mind. Thanks!