Tony Award Nominee
EMILY SKINNER has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway‘s most engaging and versatile performers.
Last fall, Emily had the honor of originating a role in Hal Prince's new musical
PRINCE OF BROADWAY in Japan. This show is slated to come into New York in the 2017 Broadway season.
Recently, Emily workshopped the new musical SCKBSTD by the Grammy winning singer/songwriter Bruce Hornsby.
She also recently created the role of Monique McCandless in Stephen King/John Mellencamp‘s new musical THE GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY at the Alliance Theatre and on a multi-city rock n‘ roll concert tour.
Audience also enjoyed her in the starring role of Adelaide in the world premiere of
THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL at Goodspeed‘s Norma Terris Theatre under the direction of Dame Julie Andrews.
She last appeared on Broadway in the acclaimed musical BILLY ELLIOT. Handpicked by Oscar-winning director Stephen Daldry, she had the honor of being the very first American selected to play the role of Billy‘s dance teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson.
Emily was nominated for a Tony Award (with Alice Ripley) and received a Drama League Award for her performance as Daisy Hilton in the brilliant but short-lived SIDE SHOW.
Her other original Broadway cast credits include JEKYLL & HYDE,
JAMES JOYCE‘S THE DEAD (opposite Christopher Walken),
THE FULL MONTY, DINNER AT EIGHT (Outer Critics Circle Nomination),
as well as The Actors Fund productions of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS and DREAMGIRLS.
She has had the pleasure of singing many times at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, and appeared there as well in the New York debut of Richard Thomas‘ infamous
JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA (with Harvey Keitel).
As a soloist, she‘s guested with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Virginia Symphony,
Dallas Symphony, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Emily has also headlined
New York engagements at Merkin Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Joe‘s Pub at the Public Theatre, 54 Below, Birdland, Feinstein‘s at the Regency, as well as her solo concert act BROADWAY HER WAY at various performing arts centers and cabaret venues around the country.
Off-Broadway, Emily performed in the acclaimed City Center Encores revivals of
NO STRINGS, PARDON MY ENGLISH, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, and FIORELLO! as well as in various productions and workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, WPA Theatre, Paramount Theater at Madison Square Gardens, York Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and the Roundabout Theatre.
Regionally, she appeared in numerous leading roles at The Kennedy Center,
Signature Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Ford‘s Theatre, McCarter Theatre, St. Louis MUNY, Goodspeed, Bucks County Playhouse,
Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, The Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, TheatreVirginia and Theatre IV.
Her CD recordings include not only multiple cast albums and audio books, but
20th Century Fox‘s animated feature ANASTASIA; RAW AT TOWN HALL, DUETS, and UNSUSPECTING HEARTS (all with Alice Ripley); ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS, AND RAGING QUEENS; WHEN I GROW UP; THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM ALBUM;
WALL TO WALL SONDHEIM; BELIEVE: THE SONGS OF THE SHERMAN BROTHERS;
THE STEPHEN SCHWARTZ ALBUM; multiple BROADWAY BY THE YEAR Live at Town Hall recordings, and her self-titled solo CD which may be found at Amazon.com.
As a faculty member of of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC since 2006, she is steeped in teaching at all levels of ability and talent.
She has also taught master classes in Musical Theatre Audition Technique/Song Interpretation at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Signature Theatre, Broadway Artists Studio, Broadway Theatre Project, DeSales University, and Oklahoma University.
With a focus on both acting and musicality, she teaches the technique of turning an audition song into a fully explored scene/performance piece with humor and humanity.
She believes that what you choose to sing tells people who you are, and is expert at suggesting the best kind of material to showcase each student and make them shine.
Emily is skilled at drawing the most out of young performers and coaches with comfort, empathy, fun, passion, practicality, and big dose of heart.