Hi there! I'm Emily, or Emily Blake if there are too many 'Emily's in the room. I use she/her/hers pronouns, and I live in Astoria, NY (see below...) with my husband and our tuxedo cat. I love baking sourdough bread and watching comedy television (Schitt's Creek is my current fave!).
Storytelling is my passion. In early life, it was easiest to tell stories through movement and dance. As I grew older, I found my (literal) voice and started to explore singing and acting as well. While I can't think of anything I'd rather do than dance, sing, and act on stage (and I've been lucky enough to do a lot of it!), during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have turned to creating my own work using acting as my choice of storytelling.
This year, I released my first short film. Along with my creative partner, I produced, wrote, starred in, and filmed a 50-minute romantic comedy titled How to Find Love in a Pandemic. It is a story about the roundabout ways in which we find (or don't find) love in the midst of a difficult time.
In addition to being a performer, I am a Certified Pilates Instructor. I love teaching and using movement to help to heal and strengthen others. More info can be found in the Pilates section of this site.
Finally, I am a current student earning a Masters in Arts Administration at Baruch College. I am a creator, but I am also an organizer and a leader. Moving forward I want to be as prepared as I can be in every aspect of this business, so I can better share stories through art.
I respectfully acknowledge that I reside upon the unceded lands of the Wappinger, Canarsie, and Munsee Lenape peoples. I write this as an ongoing commitment to dismantling the legacies of settler colonialism. I honor and respect the Wappinger, Canarsie, and Munsee Lenape communities and their elders, past, present, and future.
Visit https://mannahattafund.org/decolonization for ideas to take further action.
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