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Emily Ahrens

Last updated

March 1, 2018
 

Biography

Emily Ahrens is an actress, singer, and dancer based in Illinois. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay to earn her B.A. in Musical Theatre with an expected graduation of May 2018. Emily burst on to the New York scene when she was accepted into the highly selective Open Jar Institute, a pre-Broadway program that trains collegiate level performers. While in New York with the institute, Emily had the opportunity to train with Broadway's best (Jeff Whiting, James Gray, Kate Baldwin, Stacia Fernandez, Thayne Jasperson, Beth Nicely Johnson) in several workshops with 59 other students from around the globe. While in school, Emily has worked one-on-one with New York playwright Robin Rice in Rice's latest production of PLAY NICE!, which was selected as a participating production for the 2017 American College Theatre Festival last winter. Prior to that, Emily also worked with Tony and Pulitzer prize nominated playwright, Lee Blessing, during his latest production of THE HOURGLASS PROJECT. Early in her career, Emily worked with Broadway dancer and choreographer Michael Balderrama (HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS) at Starlight Theatre in Rockford, Illinois. Emily most recently appeared as the title role of Elle Woods in UW Green Bay's Fall production of LEGALLY BLONDE, a role which earned her one of two nominations (the first nomination being for her work as Cecily Cardew last Spring)  to compete in the 2018 Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the American College Theatre Festival this January. Upcoming, Emily has recently been cast as Annie Cannon in UW Green Bay's Spring production of SILENT SKY. Emily's other credits include: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Cecily Cardew), PLAY NICE! (Isabel Diamond), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ariel), CHILDREN OF EDEN (Yonah), LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE (Lilly), IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Mary Hatch), THE HOURGLASS PROJECT (Abby), MONTHS ON END (Heidi), UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS (Susie Friend), STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Wrench), and INTO THE WOODS (Sleeping Beauty). Emily also works as a performing princess for parties and events (as Anna, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Tinker Bell) and is most proud of her knack for Disney Trivia.

Résumé

THEATRE

LEGALLY BLONDE*                                        Elle Woods                  UW Green Bay

THE LITTLE MERMAID                                   Ariel                              Gateway P.A.

CHILDREN OF EDEN                                       Yonah                           Starlight Theatre

IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST*      Cecily Cardew            UW Green Bay

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE*                            Mary Hatch                 UW Green Bay

LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE               Lilly                               UW Green Bay

SILENT SKY                                                        Annie Cannon             UW Green Bay

PLAY NICE!*                                                      Isabel Diamond           UW Green Bay

THE HOURGLASS PROJECT                        Abby                              UW Green Bay

MONTHS ON END                                            Heidi                              UW Green Bay

UNCOMMON WOMEN & OTHERS           Susie Friend                UW Green Bay

STARLIGHT EXPRESS                                     Wrench                         Starlight Theatre

INTO THE WOODS                                         Sleeping Beauty          Starlight Theatre

SPAMALOT                                                         Laker Girl                      Starlight Theatre

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE                       Ensemble                      Starlight Theatre

*Irene Ryan Nomination

 

TRAINING

University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, B.A. in Musical Theatre

      Dance Training: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, American Musical Theatre

      Voice Training: Courtney Sherman

      Acting Training: Laura Riddle, John Mariano, Alan Kopischke

New York: Open Jar Institute- Director: Jeff Whiting

     Dance Workshops: Thayne Jasperson, Beth Nicely Johnson, James Gray

     Vocal Workshops: Kate Baldwin, Stacia Fernandez, Amy Rogers

     Acting Workshops: J.C. Montgomery, Joseph Mitchell Parks

 

SKILLS

Roller Skate/ Heely trained, Beginner Gymnastics, Princess Performer, British Dialect, Driver’s License, Disney Trivia

 

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