Emma Simon is an actor, musician and teaching artist originally from Poughkeepsie, New York. After training as a classical flutist, she went on to study Vocal Performance at The Crane School of Music and acting at The Studio / New York under Jayd McCarty. She has performed regionally and internationally in opera, operetta, musical theater and dramatic works. Emma is passionate about retelling classic stories in new and imaginative ways and devising new works to share the stories that have yet to be told. Specializing in all things silly, stupid and sparkly, she has a soft spot for the world of the clown as explored under Christopher Bayes and Lucas Caleb Rooney. In 2014 she was a founding member of Clown Gym, a weekly actor-driven lab that still continues today in New York City. Most recently, Emma wrote and produced three shorts in collaboration with ReelU Productions. They will be released in February 2019.
An advocate for arts education, Emma has over 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of educational environments. She has been a guest lecturer at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Plattsburgh, led workshops at the prestigious Girls’ Leadership Worldwide summer program at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, founded the clowning program at JPAC in the Hudson Valley, NY, and recently began to curate training workshops for corporate offices. In May 2018 she devised a semi-immersive show with JPAC’s teen ensemble entitled “Take It Back” based on the Bright Young Things of 1920s London. (Yes, of course there was an epic slow-motion speakeasy fight sequence!)
Emma has undergone advanced teacher training for voice and speech with Beth McGuire (Yale School of Drama) and Jane Fujita (NYU Grad Acting) and received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Certification at Atmananda Yoga Sequence in NYC in 2017. She continues to train at The Funny School of Good Acting.
In her free time Emma loves to climb big mountains, travel, pet dogs, and dance in her kitchen.