Dec. 18th, 1979
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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Emily Swallow grew up in Jacksonville Florida where, thanks to her parents love of music, she started performing in the church choir at a very young age. Although she enjoyed doing plays and musicals in high school and at Jacksonville's community theaters, it wasn't until the end of college that she chose a career in the arts over being an international spy. She received her BA from the University of Virginia, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies, intending to go on to a career as a Foreign Service Officer. But her acting teachers at UVA noticed her passion for the arts and encouraged her to pursue further training. As a result, Emily moved to New York City and earned her MFA in Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
On television,Swallow is perhaps best known for bringing to life young neuroresident Michelle Robidaux on the David E. Kelley and Sanjay Gupta series "Monday Mornings" (2013), on TNT. When she's not operating on brains, Emily has been on both sides of the law, playing a drug treatment counselor who gets pulled too far into her clients' world on Ironside, a detective on Ringer, a detective's wife on _Southland (2009-2010)_, a bounty hunter on the CBS pilot _The Odds(2010)_, a parole officer turned meth lord on "Rizzoli & Isles" (2010), a bank robber on _Medium (2005-2011)_ and a patriotic hooker in The Lucky Ones (2008). For good measure, she even took on Bret and Jemaine as a water polo player/mermaid on "Flight of the Conchords" (2007). Later this year, Emily can be seen starring in the independent feature The Rift, directed by Shana Betz (Free Ride (2013)).
Emily has kept up with her love of the stage, though she's moved up a bit from the community theaters of her teenage years. Most recently, Emily originated the role of Flo, a bikini-clad, sauna-ice-house-owning temptress/Norse goddess in the world premiere of Nice Fish, a play written by poet Louis Jenkins and Tony Award Winning actor Mark Rylance, who also co-directed and starred in the play. The show, which told the story of two ice fishermen on the last day of the season who have a run-in with some frisky deities, enjoyed a smash run at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater and received much acclaim.
Emily has starred in a diverse range of plays and musicals, performing Shakespeare in Central Park's Delacorte Theatre (Much Ado About Nothing), Minneapolis' Tony Award-Winning Guthrie Theater (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and, most notably, at San Diego's Old Globe, where she won the Falstaff Award for her portrayal of Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. In early 2012, Emily returned to the Guthrie to play Maggie in a critically acclaimed production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Lisa Peterson.
Emily has originated roles in plays by Rinne Groff (Orange Lemon Egg Canary) at P.S. 122, David Grimm (Measure for Pleasure) at the Public Theatre and Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed) at the New York Theatre Workshop, to name a few.
Emily has continued to explore her passion for music with performances in world premiere musicals by such talented writers and composers as Pulitzer Prize Winners Tom Kitt and David Lindsey-Abaire as well as Amanda Green, Michael Friedman, Melissa James Gibson, Jordan Harrison, Daniel Zaitchik, Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna Jacobs. In 2006, Emily made her Broadway debut in High Fidelity, based on the Nick Hornby novel and the film of the same name. In 2008, she starred in John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger's Romantic Poetry at Manhattan Theatre Club. She recently wrote and performed an original Cabaret Act in New York with friend and fellow songstress Jac Huberman. The duo are planning to take the cabaret to LA and have hopes to record an album.
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