Originally from San Francisco, Emily firmly believes that Broadway should be relocated to sunny California.
Emily left the West Coast to study and graduate from the 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 professionally and teaches as well.
Emily has performed regionally and internationally. She closed out the National Tour of "Something Rotten," playing the role of Bea. Regionally she has performed at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (The Rev), Gateway Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, NYMF, and Summer Rep Theatre Festival, playing many favorite roles like Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific," and Sophie in "Mamma Mia." She has also performed with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China, singing the role of Sarah Brown from "Guys and Dolls," among others. She is represented by Daniel Hoff Agency.
Emily is an Institute for Vocal Advancement certified voice teacher, and teaches a roster of private vocal and acting students around the world. For more info, check out her studio:
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BEA- SOMETHING ROTTEN
"Emily Kristen Morris plays Bea... I love her balance of feminism and individuality with her love and support of her husband. Morris's performance feels authentic, particularly in a scene when she describes what love is really like after several years of marriage. Morris has a natural toughness and sweetness that makes her instantly likable, and her voice is also flawless."
-Christy Hudson, Front Row Reviewers Utah
"Among the principles, 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
"Beautiful ingénue Emily Kristen Morris delights with a gorgeous voice and leaves audiences wanting more. Her one major solo only teases her full capabilities."
-Harmony Wheeler, BroadwayWorld.com
NELLIE- SOUTH PACIFIC
“A true standout and incandescent star… Morris is in fine voice, and has the acting and dancing chops to match.”
-Suzanne Angeo, "For All Events"
LYSISTRATA- LYSISTRATA JONES
"Emily Kristen Morris conveys both the passion and self-doubt of Lysistrata Jones, the transfer student who comes up with the abstinence idea. Ms. Morris is a very talented singer; she showcases some well-honed pop vocal runs and provides a great foundation as the lead for this production."
-Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway
SOPHIE- MAMMA MIA
"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
"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
JUDY- A CHORUS LINE
"The cast shows themselves to be true triple threat performers. All of the dancing is sharp and cohesive, executed with full energy. Standouts include... Emily Kristen Morris, a very funny Judy."
-Scott Cain, Talkin' Broadway