Born and raised in the heart of San Francisco, Emily found her love of the arts at a young age and never looked back. She began her vocal studies with Broadway and opera star Richard Nikol at age 11, and performed professionally in musicals around the Bay Area throughout middle school and high school. She left the West Coast to study and graduate from the prestigious University of Cincinnati; College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She is now based in New York City, where she performs as an actor-singer, and runs her world-renowned voice studio: EKM Vocal Studio.
Emily has performed across the nation and internationally. Currently Emily is the Elphaba standby on the Broadway National Tour of Wicked. Some of her other favorite theatre roles include Bea in Something Rotten (Broadway National Tour), Daisy in Side Show, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, and Sophie in Mamma Mia. Emily has performed as a solo vocalist with symphony orchestras, including the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, and the Norwalk Symphony. Her voice is also featured on Joey Contreras’ new album “In Pieces.”
In 2019 Emily began her studies with the Institute for Vocal Advancement, and founded her voice studio EKM Vocal Studio. Since then, the studio has grown exponentially, and Emily has become a highly sought after, world-renowned vocal instructor! She teaches lessons, masterclasses and workshops to passionate singers both virtually and in person in New York City.
Emily is also a popular content creator. Find her on TikTok and Instagram at @emilykristenmorris, where she has 1.7 million+ followers, and 60 million+ likes.
Emily fun facts
Likes: Farmer's markets, handstands, vocal pedagogy, HIIT classes, San Francisco, voting, ear muffs, meditation, Wellness Formula, river otters, vocal acrobatics, yoga, social justice, overweight cats and floppy dogs.
“A true standout and incandescent star… Morris is in fine voice, and has the acting and dancing chops to match. She is breathtaking in the role of Nellie Forbush.”
-Suzanne Angeo, "For All Events"
"Emily Kristen Morris plays Bea... I love her balance of feminism and individuality with her love and support of her husband... Morris has a natural toughness and sweetness that makes her instantly likable, and her voice is also flawless."
-Christy Hudson, Front Row Reviewers Utah
"The strongest performance came from Emily Kristen Morris, with her big number "Right Hand Man," sung first humorously and later lovingly. Morris' powerful belts and cleverly delivered lines undoubtedly blew the crowd away."
-Emma Hellmer, The Daily Cardinal
"On Friday night, Elphaba was played by standby Emily Kristen Morris, who beautifully brought the character from emotional fragility to towering strength and created some blistering musical moments... Every musical-theater fan has heard “Defying Gravity” belted, but here Morris beautifully acts the song as well as hitting the rafters."
-Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel
"Morris creates a 3-dimensional Sophie (which we don't always see in a role like this), full of real desire, passion, heartbreak and joy. Brava for playing a well thought out, empowered ingenue."
-Jill Shiffman, Syracuse Now
"Her sweetness and beauty are evident from the opening number. You are drawn to her wide-eyed expression and flowing golden hair. Morris delivered the lines beautifully and she is adorable in the role."
-Natasha Nashley, BroadwayWorld.com