“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.”
A Bit About Emily…
Welcome to the official website of Emily Van Fleet!
As a young kid, I knew that I wanted to be a performer. I realized early that if I was an actor I could actually be anything I wanted. If I wanted to be a lawyer or a surgeon 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. I was in fact an extremely shy child, and getting involved in theatre at a young age coaxed me out of my shell and helped me bravely face the world. I wasn’t just hooked, I was in love.
From the age of eight, I would write plays for myself and for my friends to perform. I’d direct them, produce them, star in them, and they provided endless entertainment for us and our parents (or at least that’s what 8-yr-old me told myself, you’d probably have to ask the parents). I participated in youth theatre groups and would follow my actor/director/designer family members around at rehearsals and performances, absorbing all that I could about what makes great storytelling. A Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre later – not to mention countless workshops, dance, 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 (I even write plays for people other than my parents now!).
I take pride in making each project unique and meaningful, and I adore the fact that theatre is all about collaboration. I am committed to making this world a better place by encouraging empathy through the stories I tell. More than ever, the world needs stories to reflect back at us all of life’s ups and downs, hopes and fears, hardships, perspectives, and discoveries – and I want to tell as many stories as I possibly can.