Emily Vitrano is an actor, educator, and writer making her creative home in the Chicago area. She most recently played the role of Jenny in Next Act Theatre's production of A Small Fire by Adam Bock. Emily has worked regionally on many stages, including: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Allentown Shakespeare in the Park. Emily has also appeared on television on WTMJ-4 News as the morning traffic reporter, as well as in a national commercial for Batteries Plus Bulbs, and regional commercials for Mills Fleet Farm, Sanford Brown University, and Walgreens. She once played a Featured Dancer (*cough* Extra with a title) on the CW hit Gossip Girl and that credit may or may not be her favorite on her resume. Emily is looking forward to playing the role of Jen in Renaissance Theaterworks' production of The Cake in the fall of 2020.
When not onstage, Emily serves as the Co-Artistic Director of The Outer Loop Theater Experience and director of the company's latest project, The Empathy Project. She is also an ensemble member of Kane Repertory Theatre out of St. Charles, IL. Emily continues to teach and coach the craft of acting at her alma mater, Northern Illinois University, and as a rotating faculty member with renowned acting teacher Kathryn Gately and the Gately/Poole Conservatory.
She holds an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and is represented by Paonessa Talent in Chicago.
You can learn more about Emily's career at and follow Emily's writing at www.allthatileftunsaid.com. You can learn more about her work with The Outer Loop Theater Experience and The Empathy Project at www.outerlooptheater.org.
When not being creative, Emily enjoys taking short walks that she hopes *fingers crossed* will turn into long runs, ogling other peoples' dogs, drinking too much coffee and watching old episodes of Sex and the City. She also enjoys laughing... a lot.
For Ella, always.