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  • Musical Theater Reel | Emily Zinski

    Emily Zinski is an actor, singer, recording artist, and teacher based in Annapolis, MD. Theater is Emily's first love, and she has acted and sung in plays and musicals since the age of four. She earned her BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and went on to study and perform with Broadway artists in New York City. See Emily's theatrical credits in her bio. 

  • Commercial Music Reel | Emily Zinski

    Emily's love of singing led her expand upon her classical background and explore new styles and genres, beginning a career in the music industry. A dynamic vocalist, Emily has mastered pop, rock, acoustic, jazz, and classical singing techniques. Her versatile voice can be heard on original albums, stages, cabarets, and major venues around the world. See Emily's music credits in her bio.

  • Film Demo | Emily Zinski

    Emily's passion for acting led to an interest in the film industry. She studied film & television in Los Angeles through Syracuse University, where she learned technique in acting for the camera as well as casting and production expertise from leaders in the industry. Emily performs in films, commercials, indie shorts, and webseries. See Emily's credits in her bio. 

  • Emily Zinski | Voiceover Demo

    Emily’s acting and vocal experience guided her to Edge Studio, where she studied voiceover technique. She works as a professional voiceover artist, and can be heard in radio commercials, audiobooks, and eLearning courses.

About Emily

Anne Arundel County

Emily Zinski is an actress, singer, recording artist, and teacher based in Annapolis, MD. She has performed onstage, on set, and in the studio from Baltimore to New York City, across the country, and around the world.

Theater is Emily's first love, and she has acted and sung in plays and musicals since the age of four. She earned her BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and went on to study and perform with Broadway artists in New York City. Emily's… more

Theater - Working, The Musical in DC

Working in DC (2021)
Directed & Produced by Shanara Gabrielle 
Choreographed by Ashleigh King 
Music Direction by William Yanesh



Working in DC was my first theatrical experience in the Baltimore/DC area after the pandemic.  The production was directed and produced by Shanara Gabrielle, who guided us with her expansive vision of inclusivity.  Working is a piece that explores our relationship with our jobs: from the good, to the bad, to the ugly.  The diverse characters vary in age, race, and socioeconomic class.  I played six characters: a grocery clerk, a receptionist, a prostitute, a waitress, a cleaning professional, and an unemployed activist.  The experience brought me so much growth as a performer and as a citizen of this country.  Working in DC was an incredibly special project that took place during a critical time in our nation's history.  I am so fortunate and honored to have been a part of it. 



From workingindc.org
"With a celebratory performance at BLM Plaza on the streets of DC and by sharing 'the extraordinary dreams of ordinary people' through the lens of history, justice, activism, and the arts, Working In DC brings the spirit of the legendary Studs Terkel to life for the Washington, DC community. Proudly presented in collaboration with Labor Heritage Foundation, this project uplifts the working class during our pivotal time of racial justice reckoning, COVID-19, and political unrest.

Our site-specific, multidisciplinary, outdoor performance of Working: A Musical is paired with Something To Point To – our civic engagement and education programming. Join labor leaders and local artists in this unique and joyful cross-disciplinary celebration of frontline workers and the American labor movement through the songs of Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked), James Taylor, Micki Grant, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights)."



Press
"Working, A Musical is the sort of truthful theater that may prompt one to reflect on one’s own truth — the experience of one’s own workaday work life.  It’s also the sort of honest theater that makes plain the work it took to make it. After months of pandemic-imposed unemployment in the theater community, this outdoor production is a bold showcase of arts workers at work." 
- John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Arts

"The production’s vivacity is an asset, too. Backed by a four-member band, the cast imbues the 14 songs with charm." 
- Peter Marks, The Washington Post 

"To change the typical structure of theatre production, Gabrielle and her team are facilitating deep conversation, conducting extensive implicit bias and anti racism training, and creating consensus for core principles centered in social and racial justice. To ensure accountability for these principles, Working in DC has become the first official Allied with Broadway for Racial Justice (BFRJ) organization in the region, creating oversight and practices with BFRJ to deconstruct racism and create a new theatrical community." 
- Chloe Rabinowitz, BroadwayWorld

  • The cast of 'Working in DC'
    The cast of 'Working in DC'
    The cast of 'Working in DC' comes together in solidarity at the show's closing.
  • Working in DC
    Working in DC
    Working in DC: The Extraordinary Dreams of Ordinary People -Studs Terkel
  • Emily Zinski in rehearsals for Working in DC
    Emily Zinski in rehearsals for Working in DC
    Rehearsals for Working in DC were monitored by Actors Equity Association, with extensive Covid protocols to ensure the safety of the cast and crew.
  • Casting Announcement
    Casting Announcement
    The Cast of Working in DC: Alex Palting, Jay Frisby, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Chris Genebach, Alyssa Keegan, Carl Williams, Emily Zinski, Theresa Cunningham, Randyn Fullard
  • "I'm Just Movin'"
    "I'm Just Movin'"
    Emily Zinski sings "I'm Just Movin," offering visibility and gratitude to essential grocery workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Jake Bridges, Development Director & Associate Producer
    Jake Bridges, Development Director & Associate Producer
    "Working in DC is creating radical access to high quality arts and entertainment in the District." - Jake Bridges, Development Director & Associate Producer
  • Working in DC Stage
    Working in DC Stage
    Working in DC was an open-access performance hosted in Black Lives Matter Plaza. Tickets were free, aligning with the producer's concept of radical hospitality.
  • Quoc Tran, Administrative Coordinator
    Quoc Tran, Administrative Coordinator
    "Working in DC is a collection of people who stand for justice and who understand the value of work." - Quoc Tran, Administrative assistant
  • "Just A Housewife"
    "Just A Housewife"
    Emily Zinski, Theresa Cunningham, Alex Palting, and Alyssa Keegan perform "Just A Housewife," honoring stay-at-home parents and caretakers.
  • Isabella Benning, Social Media Management
    Isabella Benning, Social Media Management
    "Working in DC is an opportunity to use art to uplift underrepresented voices by telling their stories." - Isabella Benning, Social Media Management

Theater - A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Co

A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (2022 & 2023)
 

2022 Production Directed by Shanara Gabrielle 
Music Direction by Grace Srinivasan 
Choreography by Madalaina D'Angelo

2023 Production Directed by Erin Bone Steele 
Music Direction by Grace Srinivasan 
Choreography by Shalyce Hemby 


A Christmas Carol is a play that is near and dear to my heart - I've performed in it three times, and played six characters! Its message of hope, joy, and redemption is a welcome gift during the holiday season. And with this special yearly production at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, there is also a special focus on community, as this version is set in Baltimore in the 1840s. 



From Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
"Forge cherished memories with loved ones and join us for Dickens’ hauntingly beautiful tale. Amidst 19th-century Baltimore, a miser undergoes a profound change, letting go of his old ways to embrace the generosity of the holiday season. This classic tale sweeps you away with treasured characters and radiant themes of compassion, love, and kindness." 



Press

"Two other noteworthy performances are Lauren Davis as Francis, Scrooge's niece and Emily Zinski as Mrs. Cratchit. Both actors performed their parts with expert precision and heart."
- Timoth David Copney, Broadway World


"And Emily Zinski as the hostess with the most Mrs. Fezziwig and Andrea Spitz as Scrooge’s grumbling charwoman are both strong comedic reliefs." 
- Colleen Kennedy, DC Theatre Arts


"The Cratchits are very well represented. Emily Zinski plays it straight-up, with high stakes and high energy." 
- Max Garner, MD Theatre Guide

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    2022 Production Trailer

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski as Mrs. Fezziwig

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski as Mrs. Fezziwig, David Yezzi as Mr. Fezziwig, Molly Moores as the Ghost of Christmas Past

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    The cast of A Christmas Carol at the Fezziwig Party

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski as Mrs. Crachit and Samuel Richie as Mr. Crachit

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    The Crachit Family 

    "God bless us, everyone!" 

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski as Mrs. O'Leary

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski as Mrs. O'Leary, Andrea Spitz Greenleaf as Mrs. Dilber, and Greg Burgess as Ebeneezer Scrooge

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski, Lauren Davis, and Kate Forton sing "A Coventry Carol" 

  • A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
    A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

    Emily Zinski as Nancy, Katie Rey Bogdan as Mrs. Pickersgill, and Andrea Spitz Greenleaf as Mrs. Dilber

Theater - Fiddler on the Roof at Weston Playhouse

Fiddler on the Roof  (2013)
Directed by Malcom Ewen 
Choreographed by Jacob Brent 
Music Direction by Robert Meffe
Weston Playhouse 


In 2013, I worked my very first theatrical contract with Actors Equity Association. I had worked professionally before, but this was my first union job. I was very nervous and green at the beginning of this production, but the foundational lessons I learned continue to stay with me in my work today. 

Press 
"The three oldest daughters, by selecting their own husbands, challenge and erode Tevye’s treasured traditions, at the same time nudge the inhabitants of Anatevka into a new world. They provide their own dramatic and musical joys ... Emily Zinski is lyrically bright as Hodel." 
- William Menezes, Brattleboro Reformer

  • Sunrise, Sunset
    Sunrise, Sunset
    Emily Zinski sings "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof at Weston Playhouse
  • Matchmaker
    Matchmaker
    A small break during tech rehearsals of Matchmaker in Weston Playhouse's Fiddler on the Roof
  • Sabbath Prayer
    Sabbath Prayer
    The cast of Weston Playhouse's Fiddler on the Roof sings Sabbath Prayer
  • Hodel & Tevye
    Hodel & Tevye
    Emily Zinski as Hodel & David Brummel as Tevye
  • Far From the Home I Love
    Far From the Home I Love
    Emily Zinski sings "Far From the Home I Love" in Fiddler on the Roof at Weston Playhouse
  • Scene Rehearsal
    Scene Rehearsal
    Emily Zinski in rehearsals for the wedding scene in Fiddler on the Roof at Weston Playhouse
  • Dance Rehearsal
    Dance Rehearsal
    Emily Zinski in rehearsals for the wedding scene in Fiddler on the Roof at Weston Playhouse

Music - AIDA Cruise Lines

AIDA Entertainment 
Borris Brandt, Managing Director 
Hamburg, Germany


From 2018 until 2020, I had the opportunity to travel the world as a lead soloist with AIDA Cruise Lines.  This was the biggest job that I booked while living in NYC, and I had fought hard to acheive it.  But I had no idea the challenges or the adventures that awaited me. 

AIDA is a German cruise line, and their entertainment headquarters are based in Hamburg.  I traveled to Hamburg to rehearse for two months, and then climbed aboard one of their many ships for six months.  We learned ten major productions in eight weeks, each show in a different genre: from rock, to pop, to disco, to Broadway.  At this point, my professional experience was limited to classical and musical theater - so I had a lot of new styles to learn, and fast. 

My team was made of people from all over the world: Germany, Sweden, England, Ukraine, Brazil, India, and the Phillippines.  Our cast consisted of singers, dancers, and acrobats.  I learned elements of their languages, cultures, ettiquette, and senses of humor; and I benefitted from their diverse experiences and expertise.  I wouldn't trade my time with them for anything.  

The shows were almost every night - days off were a rare luxury.  I was given the opportunity to build my skill and my stamina, and these were hard-won. 

But as time went on, I began to feel confident in this new skillset.  In my second contract with AIDA, I went on to lead my cast in our rock show "Addicted to Love."  I also performed weekly in my own solo program, singing the works of Lady Gaga, Adele, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, and more.  The effects of this work have been so rewarding. 

Popular music is a very accessible artform, and it carries immense emotional weight.  It evokes memories, feelings, and a huge response in the people who hear it.  It's incredible to create that experience for an audience.  Today, I perform pop, rock, disco, country, and jazz in the Baltimore area with two different bands.  I'm working to create my own acoustic sets and solo programs.  I'm so glad to have the opportunity and skillset to pursue this artform, and I'm eager to see where it takes me. 

  • Thunderstruck | Emily Zinski
    Emily Zinski performs AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" aboard AIDAPrima.
  • Addicted to Love
    Addicted to Love
    Emily Zinski and the cast of AIDAprima performing the show 'Addicted to Love.'
  • The Prayer | Emily Zinski & Noah Newton
    Emily Zinski & Noah Newton perform "The Prayer," originally sung by Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli.
  • Let Me Be Your Star
    Let Me Be Your Star
    Emily Zinski sings "Let Me Be Your Star" in AIDA's production of 'Musical Dreams.'
  • Disney Princess Medley | Emily Zinski
    Emily Zinski performs "Songs of a Disney Princess," arranged by Mac Huff.
  • Get Happy
    Get Happy
    Emily Zinski performs her solo "Get Happy" in the AIDA Stars program.
  • AIDA Stars
    AIDA Stars
    Emily Zinski and the cast of AIDAPrima perform "AIDA Stars."

Music - Rock Bands & Lead Vocals

Emily's love of singing led her expand upon her classical background and explore new styles and genres, beginning a career in the music industry. The exchange of energy between a live band and the audience is electric, emotional, and a ton of fun. A dynamic vocalist, Emily has mastered pop, rock, acoustic, jazz, and classical singing techniques. Her versatile voice can be heard on original albums, stages, cabarets, and major venues around the world. Emily has sung with AIDA Cruise Lines in Germany; Bachelor Boys Band in DC; and Vertigo Red, Shades of Blue Orchestra, and the Hank Entwisle Band in Baltimore. 

  • Lead Vocalist | Bachelor Boys Band
    Lead Vocalist | Bachelor Boys Band

    Band: Bachelor Boys Band

    Venue: Baltimore Country Club

    Photographer: Brooke Tyson Photography

  • Featured Soloist | Hippodrome Theater
    Featured Soloist | Hippodrome Theater

    Band: Hank Entwisle Band

    Venue: Hippodrome Theater, Baltimore

  • "Zombie" by The Cranberries

    Emily Zinski sings "Zombie" by The Cranberries

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon, Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle/Moulin Rouge

    Emily Zinski sings "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle/Moulin Rouge

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon, Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit

    Emily Zinski sings "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon, Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer

    Emily Zinski sings "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon, Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red
    Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon | Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red
    Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon | Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red
    Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon | Ocean City, MD

    2022

  • Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red
    Lead Vocalist | Vertigo Red

    Band: Vertigo Red

    Venue: Purple Moose Saloon | Ocean City, MD

    2022

Music - Global Covid Collaborations

You've Got a Friend (2020) 
Written by Carole King 
Performed by Emily Zinski, Sarah Talbot, & James Cochran 


Prior to the pandemic, I was based in New York City.  On March 13, 2020, I came home to my family in Baltimore, expecting to wait out the virus for two weeks and flatten the curve.  As we all know, those plans would change. 
A few months into the pandemic, I was desperately missing performing and my friends in New York.  We decided to put our emotions to music, and collaborated on a video recording of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend." 
   
   
Uncharted 2020
Written by Sara Bareilles 
Arranged & Music Directed by Bryson Baumgartel 
Directed & Edited by Emily Zinski 


Shortly after "You've Got a Friend," I envisioned a bigger project that included my friends and colleagues all over the world.  This was a huge collaboration that tooks months to create, edit, and complete.  "Uncharted" is a very special personal project that showcases some of my favorite talent around the globe. 
 

  • Uncharted 2020
    "Uncharted" by Sara Bareilles. Covered by singers, dancers, and artists around the world in the year 2020. Arranged & music directed by Bryson Baumgartel. Directed & edited by Emily Zinski.
  • You've Got A Friend
    You've Got A Friend | Written by Carole King | Performed by Emily Zinski, Sarah Talbot, & James Cochran

Music - Session Vocalist

The Heat (2021)
Written & Produced by Tom Oelschlager
Performed by Emily Zinski 

  
Forgiveness (2021)
Written & Produced by Tom Oelschlager
Performed by Emily Zinski & Tom Oelschlager 


Once my Baltimore recording studio was up and running, I connected with local artist Tom Oelschlager.  He was writing and producing an original rock album and wanted to collaborate on two songs.  One song was raw, driving rock; and the other was soulful Americana.  I really enjoyed the creative process of building these pieces from the ground up, and I’m so honored to have collaborated with Tom on his original album.
 

The Best (2021) 
Written by Mike Chapman & Holly Knight 
Originally performed by Tina Turner 
Arranged by Noah Reid 
Performed by Emily Zinski
 
In August 2020, I met the love of my life in Sandy Point State Park.  Now, he's my partner, and we live together in Anne Arundel County.  As a passion project, I recorded this song for him. 
 

  • Simply the Best
    'The Best' | Written by Mike Chapman & Holly Knight | Originally performed by Tina Turner | Arranged by Noah Reid | Performed by Emily Zinski
  • The Heat
    'The Heat' | Written & Produced by Tom Oelschlager | Performed by Emily Zinski
  • Forgiveness
    'Forgiveness' | Written & Produced by Tom Oelschlager | Performed by Emily Zinski & Tom Oelschlager

Film - Commercial Acting (TV & Internet)

  • Arundel Federal Savings Bank

    Arundel Federal Savings Bank (2022) 
    Directed by Louis Vieira at louis creative
    Produced by mnemonicagency 

  • Grassperson Lawn Services & Landscaping

    Grassperson Ad Campaign (2023) 
    Directed by Billy "Skipper" Hughes
    Produced by Skipper Films

  • A Gym For your Career | Motivated Mornings

    Motivated Mornings Ad Campaign (2021) 
    Directed by Mwita Chacha & Justin Rossbocher 
    Produced by Mwendo Films & CRY Productions 

  • More Done Less Time | Motivated Mornings

    Motivated Mornings Ad Campaign (2021) 
    Directed by Mwita Chacha & Justin Rossbocher 
    Produced by Mwendo Films & CRY Productions 

  • Make Time For Your Passions | Motivated Mornings

    Motivated Mornings Ad Campaign (2021) 
    Directed by Mwita Chacha & Justin Rossbocher 
    Produced by Mwendo Films & CRY Productions 

Film - Go Away (Indie Feature)

Go Away (2022)
Directed by Dave Kerr 
Produced by Slasher 15 Productions


In September 2021, I joined the cast of Go Away, a feature film produced by an independent production company in Virginia.  Here, I found myself on the set of my first horror film. 

It was a new and unique challenge, and I learned so much - from film acting, to camera technique, to special effects makeup.  I had the opportunity to work alongside indie stars Thom Mathews, Felissa Rose, and Tuesday Knight, who led the production with expertise, grace, and great senses of humor.  And I felt so welcomed by the warmth and professionalism of production team. 

I'm so happy to be a member of the Slasher 15 family!  

  • Go Away Teaser Trailer (2022)
    A group of guests at a dinner party are put through a series of deadly games by a group of intruders. The night takes an even deadlier turn when the intruders realize they are also being hunted.
  • Go Away Poster
    Go Away Poster

Voiceover - Commercial & eLearning (Radio, TV & Internet)

  • Christmas at the Caverns | TV Spot (15sec)

    Christmas at the Caverns TV Spot (15sec) | Natural Bridge Caverns

    Produced the The Wood Agency

    Narrated by Emily Zinski

  • Dunlap, Bennet & Ludwig | Internet Explainer Videos 

    Dunlap, Bennet & Ludwig | Internet Explainer Videos 

    Produced by Skipper Films 

    Narrated by Emily Zinski

  • Christmas at the Caverns | TV Spot (30sec)

    Christmas at the Caverns (30sec) | Natural Bridge Caverns

    Produced the The Wood Agency

    Narrated by Emily Zinski

  • Natural Bridge Caverns | Radio Spot (30 sec)

    Natural Bridge Caverns | Radio Spot (30 sec) 

    Produced the The Wood Agency

    Narrated by Emily Zinski