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Hi there! I'm an actor, voiceover artist, and teaching artist based in Washington, DC, with an excellent ear for accents (it's my favorite party trick). A cousin was the late radio and TV actor and writer Billy Idelson, who played Herman Glimscher on The Dick Van Dyke Show, not that I expect this to ever get me anywhere... ;) I get told I'm Winona Ryder's doppelganger a lot and I'm rolling with it.
I've been a professional actor for 9 years and a teaching artist for almost as many - I studied Theatre, Medieval History, and Medieval Literature at Purchase College SUNY, and returned to DC upon graduation to continue training. My work has been called "a skirling joy" to see (FringeUK, 2020), "sharp, perceptively wrought, vivid and intriguing" (The Washington Post). My Ariel in The Tempest at Avant Bard Theatre in 2018, under direction of founding artistic director Tom Prewitt, was called "a masterstroke of casting" (DC Metro Theater Arts).
I trained in classical and contemporary drama at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, founded by Joy Zinoman, as well as Overtures Musical Theatre Institute at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, under direction of founder Tina Packer.
I'd love to help you with your accent and dialect work as a reader or coach, and I LIVE FOR TABLE WORK - it's the best part of rehearsal.
You can also visit me at www.emilygilsonactor.com .
*Due to the weird times we are all in, I'm also happy to help for tips :) If I'm not online, DM me to find a time to read/rehearse at: