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Emily D. Skeggs (born July 10, 1990)[1] is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2015 for playing the role of Medium Alison in Fun Home.[2]

Emily Skeggs
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Skeggs at Trans March San Francisco 2017
Emily D. Skeggs

(1990-07-10) July 10, 1990 (age 29)
EducationFiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Alma materEmerson College
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2012–present


Early life and educationEdit

She was born in New York City, the daughter of Susan (née Casserly) and Gary Skeggs. Her father is a graphic designer, and her mother works in business.[3] Skeggs graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in 2008 and from Emerson College in 2012 with a degree in theatre and minor in writing. She wrote a play when she was six years old titled Star Girl which was performed at her school.[4]

At LaGuardia she played the role of Oolie/Donna in City of Angels, in a cast that included Azealia Banks. At Emerson, she played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Maid Marian in Robin Hood.


Skeggs with fellow When We Rise actress Ivory Aquino at Trans March San Francisco, June 2017

Skeggs played Muriel in Take Me Along at the Off-Broadway Irish Rep in 2008, [5] which was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival. She performed in the musical Ripcords at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2008.[6] Skeggs played Rebecca in the Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, Massachusetts) production of Our Town in December 2012.[7][8] She returned to the Irish Rep in 2014 in the musical Transport, in which she played "Polly Cantwell".[9] Also in 2014, she appeared in the Signature Theatre Company's production of And I and Silence as Young Dee.[10]

Skeggs was the understudy in the Off-Broadway production of Fun Home in 2013 for the roles of Joan and Medium Alison. She replaced Alexandra Socha (who departed the show early due to personal reasons) in the role of Medium Alison in November 2013,[11][2] and reprised the role for the Broadway production in 2015, making her Broadway debut. Skeggs was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical,[12] and also received a Theatre World Award for her performance.[13] She played the role of a young Roma Guy in When We Rise in 2017.



Year Title Role Location Category Notes
Unknown Dancing at Lughnasa Rose Mercutio Troupe Regional
2008 Take Me Along Muriel McComber Irish Repertory Theatre Off-Broadway
2008 Ripcords Susan Davies New York International Fringe Festival Regional
2012 Our Town Rebecca Gibbs Huntington Theatre
2013 Fun Home Medium Alison/Joan Public Theater Off-Broadway Understudy
2013–2014 Medium Alison Replaced Alexandra Socha
2014 Transport Polly Cantwell Irish Repertory Theatre Off-Broadway
2014 And I And Silence Young Dee Signature Theatre Off Broadway
2015–2016 Fun Home Medium Alison Circle in the Square Theatre Broadway


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mad Mooney's Lake Kate Short
2011 Meat Me in Plainville Emma Short
2011 Tron Wayne Gacy
2016 Don't Think Twice Shy Sarah
2016 The Ants Lu Also writer and producer
2017 A Lack of Dating in Brooklyn Jocelyn Short
2018 Mile 22 MIT
2018 The Miseducation of Cameron Post Erin


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Late Night with Seth Meyers Medium Allison Episode: "Ed Helms/Alison Bechdel/Fun Home/Brad Wilk"
2016 Salem Billy 4 episodes
2017 When We Rise Young Roma Guy 7 episodes
2019 Love You to Death Esme Stoller TV movie

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Peter Panic [14]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2011 LaGuardia Alumni and Friends Award Outstanding Graduate in Drama Won
Nicole DuFresne Award Outstanding Student in Theatre Won
2011–2013 National Youth Theatre Award Best Actress in a Musical City of Angels Won
EVVY Award Best Actress Macbeth Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Much Ado About Nothing Nominated
Dancing at Lughnasa Nominated
2015 Tony Award Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical Fun Home Nominated
Theatre World Award Won
2016 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Nominated


  1. ^ Emily Skeggs Public Record,; accessed April 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Clarke, David. BWW "Interview: Emily Skeggs Talks 'Fun Home' 's Humor and Universal Relatability", March 27, 2015, accessed April 30, 2015
  3. ^ Skeggs Design website accessed April 30, 2015
  4. ^ Emily Skeggs resume accessed April 30, 2015
  5. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Irish Rep's 'Take Me Along' Revival Opens Feb. 28 in NYC",, February 28, 2008
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. " 'Ripcords', a Musical Drama of Post-War Secrets, Reveals Itself at FringeNYC",, August 10, 2008
  7. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "David Cromer's 'Our Town' Opens at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company Dec. 12",, December 12, 2012
  8. ^ Emily Skeggs bio, accessed April 30, 2015
  9. ^ " 'Transport' Listing",, accessed May 1, 2015
  10. ^ Gordon, David. "Naomi Wallace's 'And I and Silence' Opens at Signature Theatre",, August 26, 2014
  11. ^ Champion, Lindsay. Alexandra Socha Departs Fun Home; Understudy Emily Skeggs to Assume the Role of Medium Alison",, November 27, 2013
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. "69th Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced!", April 28, 2015
  13. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Broadway Siblings Megan and Robert Fairchild Among 71st Annual Theatre World Award Winners", May 5, 2015
  14. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Musical Video Game PETER PANIC, Starring Emily Skeggs & Gideon Glick, Out Now". Retrieved August 8, 2017.

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