Emily Burke

Emily Burke

Burke, left, as Myrtle Mae Simmons in Spring 2013's Harvey

Burke, left, as Myrtle Mae Simmons in Spring 2013’s Harvey

Our actors make sure to stay busy throughout the season, especially Emily Burke ’15! Having gotten her Klein Theatre debut in Fall 2012’s Talking With, Emily went on to immediately star as Myrtle Mae Simmons in this Spring’s Harvey, and headed straight from that to playing multiple different roles as part of the ensemble for The Tempest, and she’s only a Sophomore! Which show will put her in Klein next season? Well, you’ll have to stay tuned until next year to find out!

The Department of Theatre and Dance brought in Emily for an interview.

Burke during her monologue, Scraps, in our Fall 2012 production of Talking With

T&D:What is your major?

Emily: Theatre.

T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?

Emily: Acting.

T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?

Emily: It’s kind of just never really been a question that this was what I wanted to do. But when I was 11, my parents took me to see Les Mis, and I was just done for at that point.

T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?

Emily: Well every show teaches you something different, but I think my favorite has to be Studio 115’s Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You, just because it was cool to work with such heavy material in such an intimate way with the audience, because it was in the Studio, and it was kind of a cool first project to work on here.

T&D: What are your plans after graduation?

Emily: I want to act, so probably starting in DC and then, eventually, New York.

T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?

Emily: My favorite word is bisous, which is the French word for kisses. It’s just a charming little word. And my least favorite word is chunky.

T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?

Emily: Leonardo DiCaprio. But really, I love stale circus peanuts, like if you get them, and then you open the bag and leave it for a day, they get rock hard.

T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?

Emily: For a musical, this is like a horrible cliché answer, but since Les Mis is what made me want to be on stage, I think playing Eponine would be a really life-fulfilling role. For straight plays, probably Lizzie in Rainmaker.

T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?

Emily: Well I love baking, and I also really love like battle studies in war, especially in the Civil War.

T&D: You transferred here in the Spring of last year. What attracted you to UMW and what made you decide to stay?

Emily: Honestly, when I entered UMW, I had no real intentions of staying here, because I grew up in Fredericksburg, and it didn’t really seem like I wanted to go to college where I grew up. So I got my stuff together, I was planning on transferring to Alabama, but I took some theatre classes, and the work I did and the people I worked with really made me want to stay. So it really was the Theatre Department that made me want to stay.

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