Excitable, tomboyish, and optimistic, Emma Benson is a 'class clown' who grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire, and is a New England girl at heart. She has one little sister, two supportive parents, and three equally supportive labradoodles. As a kid, Emma loved to perform so much that one time she sang 'The Sun'll Come out Tomorrow' at a wedding between two fourth graders, which she was also officiating. (Let the record show, they had NOT asked her to sing, and she severely annoyed the bride.)
In 2018, Emma graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Immediately after graduating, Emma toured the country and South Korea in the ensemble of the 2nd National Tour of 'Something Rotten', all while honing her standup act. This first tour launched a series of other gigs, both touring and regionally, where she has made lifelong friends.
Emma Benson is tiny but mighty: she's a determined hard worker, and a passionate feminist. She abides by a motto of 'positive leadership' when she's at the wheel. She's a breakfast loving and dessert eating 'Leslie Knope' in training, color coded binders and all.
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a comedy show
Emma performed in Brooklyn in a standup gig for comics getting 'back in business', attempting to make people laugh in the year 2o20. Click the picture for the video link and stay tuned for upcoming show announcements!
a new musical"
This March, Emma will be rehearsing a new musical under the direction of Sam Scalamoni to benefit the Skyline Theatre Company. She'll be playing the supporting role of Queen Mia in this new work by Spencer Scalamoni.
Every week, Emma brushes up on her Broadway trivia by learning original Bway Choreography, and digging into the often overlooked black history of musical theatre. Each week features a dance and a related black history lesson.
Standup and improv
Emma Benson is also a comic.
While touring with 'Something Rotten!' Emma performed her standup act all over the country, playing venues in Reno, Knoxville, Springfield and more.
Recent guest at The Comedy Studio in Somerville, MA
Open mics and paid appearences at outdoor standup shows in NYC
While in college:
Member of Shenandoah University's improv troupe, The Loaf (monthly shows and weekly sketch videos).
Performed at the College Improv Tournament in Chicago