“Emily Van Fleet stole our hearts. She had us sitting on the edge of our chairs, waiting for the twists and turns in her performance that the script called for. We played around with different readings, and every take she brought something fresh and fascinating. She listens, she reacts, she probes, and she pleads. Lucky for me, she makes a director look good.”
Welcome to the official website of Emily Van Fleet! Since I was a young kid, I’ve known that I wanted to be a performer. Whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my first response was a lawyer or a doctor because they sounded interesting enough. But shortly after that I realized that if I was an actor I could be anything I wanted. If I wanted to be a lawyer I could play one on stage. If I wanted to be a scuba diving instructor I could play one on stage (well, that one might be tricky – but you get the idea). I already had an extremely active imagination and loved to pretend to be other people. In fact, as a child I was also extremely shy, and theatre encouraged me out of my shell and helped me conquer the world I had been so afraid of. I wasn’t just hooked, I was in love. The fact that I grew up in a family of theatre people was fortuitous, and I vowed to absorb all that I could by following them around at rehearsals and performances. I jumped right in and never looked back.
From as early as age 8, I would write plays for myself and for my friends to perform. I’d direct them, star in them, and they provided endless entertainment for the kids and our parents (or at least that’s what I told myself at the time, you’d really have to ask the parents). As I got older I participated in youth theatre groups and followed my actor/director/designer family members around at rehearsals and performances, absorbing all that I could about what makes great storytelling. One BA in Musical Theatre, countless workshops, dance, and voice lessons, and years of taking every opportunity that came my way have led me to where I am now. I can happily say that I am a steadily working actor, director, and playwright (yes, I even write plays for people other than my parents now!)
I take pride in making each role or project unique and meaningful, and I adore collaborating with other artists. I am dedicated to making this world a better place by encouraging empathy through the stories I tell. I truly believe that the world needs storytelling in order to reflect back at us all of life’s joys, struggles, fear, and excitement – and I am overjoyed to be a part of creating those stories.