After earning a BFA in Theatre from the University of Detroit, Mercy, Emily moved to Los Angeles for her MFA in Acting from California State University, Fullerton. It was there that she first designed and facilitated drama classes for summer programs, and began a career as an acting teacher. Teaching acting provides Emily the opportunity to help people to find their own voice, and the skills that she teaches gives them the confidence to use it.
Emily instructed voice and movement to adults at a Meisner technique school in L.A., has been a classroom teacher, an after-school instructor, and an educator in non-profits working to infuse programs with elements of creative arts to improve academic performance. As the Director of the Youth For Arts program at Camp Fire USA Orange County, CA, she wrote and produced plays with student actors. As the Director of Literacy at STAR Education, she trained teachers to use storytelling techniques in instruction, and introduced improvisational games as tools for teaching writing and reading skills. She spent 9 years teaching acting for the camera in Los Angeles, where she met the eventual founder of Acting Out New York--now Emily spends parts of each summer as a guest artist facilitating week-long movie camps for kids and teens.
Emily has experience on stage and in front of the camera, has studied in St. Petersburg and Moscow and received an Oakland County Press Theatre Awards Best Musical Performance nomination and a Detroit Free Press Best Supporting Actress nomination.