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Excitable, loud, 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.) 


Since graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2018, 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.

Outside of performing, Emma is passionate about:

  • True Crime

  • Dessert

  • 305 Fitness

  • Rent the Runway

  • Exploring NYC

  • Travel

  • Law and Order SVU

  • SNL

  • Italian Food

  • Theme parties

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Ensemble (Something Rotten!)
Bebe (A Chorus Line)
Alison (Beehive)
Penny (Hairspray)
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Suzy Cupcake (Elf on the Shelf)
Thea (Spring Awakening)
Logainne (Spelling Bee)
Myrrhine (Lysistrata Jones)

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This September, Emma jumps head first into dancing as a Hot Box Girl and understudying Adelaide in 'Guys and Dolls'! The show runs for three weekends through September and October.

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Emma finishes up the year working at a dream theater in their annual Christmas show! She'll be dancing in the ensemble and playing Mrs. Claus, while living in gorgeous St. George Utah!

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This November, Emma went back on the road as Suzy Cupcake in this original Christmas musical! After originating the role in 2019, she's thrilled to be back onstage with The Elf on The Shelf!


In August 2021, Emma was one of 12 actors chosen to workshop an upcoming stage adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid' for Disney Cruise Lines! 

Standup and improv


Emma Benson is also a comic.

Post grad

  • 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

Production Stills
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Fitness Photos
Instagram Feed
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