Emily grew up in Northeastern Wisconsin, half a block from Lake Michigan, writing, riding horses, dancing, singing, playing the cello, and being a sieve of a soccer goalie. With a Canadian Historian for a Father, and a Wisco, literature-loving Mother, Emily and her older brother were spoiled with amazing bedtime stories full of very rounded "O's". She credits this for her deep love of story-telling, and blames it for her addiction to poutine.
Emily studied Theatre and Literature at Grinnell College (known for its rigorous academics, innovative pedagogy, and commitment to social justice) in Iowa, and received her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Yale School of Drama (rated the No. 1 acting school in the nation).
As a professional actor Emily has lived and worked in over a dozen states and has acted on screen (in films, television, and commercials), on stage (from Bway stages to Regional houses- classical, contemporary, musical, new work, devised theatre, dance/movement), and as a voice-over artist. She has directed at each stage of the development process in New York, regionally, and academically. As a dramaturg and literary manager she has adapted classical texts, developed new works, and served as a production dramaturg.
She currently makes her home on the beautiful Central Coast of California, with her husband and their two cats and a dog as the Associate Artistic Director for the Pacific Conservatory Theatre - PCPA.
Emily is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Union and SAG-Aftra.