Emily’s involvement with the arts began early. Both of her grandmother’s taught her how to knit and her mother would often read to her while she crafted. When she was 14 she became involved with a local family playhouse and caught the theatre bug.
Emily graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in 2010 with a degree in Theatre. She began as an actress and a singer but found another calling in the Costume shop and working backstage. Her senior year she wrote a one act play and was asked to expand it to a full length play. It was produced as a main stage at Bethany the year after she graduated. That same year she assistant costume designed the remainder of the season. Trying her lot outside of Mankato, she found a new home at the New London Barn Playhouse, a summer stock theatre in New Hampshire. Her first summer she worked as an intern, building the shows and running wardrobe. She then accepted a position in Rochester, MI and worked as the costume shop intern at Meadow Brook Theatre for nine months. During this time she was asked back to New London to Shop Manage the 2012 season. She recently returned from this past season at the Barn, again working as Shop Manager and making her made her professional debut as a Designer.
Since moving back to Mankato, Emily worked at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts as the Operations Coordinator and Executive Assistant while also assisting in the Fine Arts office at Bethany. She is now in her sixth year as Bethany’s Costume Designer and Shop Coordinator. This school year she began her final year of graduate studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is pursuing an MFA in Costume Design, ancitpating graduating in May, 2018.
She longs for the day when she can have a dog, drink coffee all day, and spend hours reading the books she’s never had time for.