Emily Shankman

Emily S.

Chicago, IL

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a professional actor who has been a part of the New York City, Chicago and Boston theater communities, I have a broad perspective on what it takes to audition successfully and broaden your acting technique "tool box". The most important thing to me as a drama teacher and coaching is to help you discover your true self in each character you study, each monologue you prepare and each performance you give. The more you are comfortable with expressing your voice and experiences, the more people will want to work with you! If you are a young actor and just starting out, I will help you use theater to foster leadership skills, creativity and confidence!
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Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2005

Emily Shankman has been teaching private lessons since 2005 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio in Andersonville and online. Emily has helped students learn violin technique and musicality, achieve healthy vocal production and style, learn anatomy, posture and breathing technique, prepare and polish monologues and songs for a variety of different auditions, including college and professional level.

Emily received her training at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2013 where she received her MFA in Musical Theater. She also holds her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University. As an expert in her field, Emily looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Emily's teaching style is energetic, warmly supportive, and most importantly, fun! She is passionate about helping others express themselves and take risks to push their artistic accomplishments to the next level! She looks forward to meeting you!

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After School Coordinator and Arts Teacher
Aug 2016 - Present
Greenfields Academy

Teaching Artist
Aug 2014 - Jul 2016
The Leadership Program

Supernumerary Performer
Sep 2015 - Mar 2016
The Metropolitan Opera


Master of Fine Arts in Theater
Aug 2011 - May 2013
The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009
Lawrence University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


CPR Certified
Jan 2018
Greenfields Academy

Basic CPR, First Aid, Stroke and Abdominal Thrust/Choking Certified


2nd Place, Vocal Division
Feb 2007
NATS Wisconsin

Photos & Videos

Jazz, 40's vocal style in action!
A clip from my thesis cabaret, or one woman show, called "Culinary Quest".
Danny Greenberg and the American Redstart at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, July 2016.
Photo by Emily S.

Photo by Emily S.

Photo by Emily S.

Photo by Emily S.

Photo by Emily S.

Performing the Off-Broadway production of Vaclav Havel's "The Pig" in 2014
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3 Reviews

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Travis Jan 7, 2018
Singing · In studio

Emily is a phenomenal instructor. Patient, well versed in just about any musical style, Emily's lessons brought my voice from virtually unlistanable to where I wanted to be, a confident, on key singer.

Loretta May 7, 2017
Musical Theater · In studio

Emily truly helps you to get a sense of who you are within your space. She understands that it is about more than just singing and acting, but telling a story. She guides with with a welcoming and warm personality. A delight to work with!

Justin Apr 29, 2017
Music Performance · In studio

Emily asks the right questions and helps guide you to giving your best and most authentic performance! Very knowledgable and a great teacher!

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