Smart, natural, and easy to work with, Emma Lieberman has played roles from Shakespeare to sketch. Although she’s currently Los Angeles-based, she was born and raised in NYC by Upper West Side Jewish parents, so she feels right at home in comedy. She’s a regular cast member with TMI Hollywood, and shoots frequently with Hot and Funny Comedy. (Find sketches from both shows under “reel” on this site!) Her skills don’t end there, though. Last year she originated the role of Rachel Trudeau in the new musical Public Comment at the Hollywood Fringe Festival (winner of the Producer’s Encore Award), and she has tackled some of the most interesting women in the Shakespeare’s tragic and romantic canon, with roles in Othello and The Winter’s Tale.
Emma has practiced writing and performing stand up comedy from a young age through high school at the Kids 'n Comedy workshop in New York. More recently, however, she has been taking improv at UCB as a work study student, and studied audition technique with Stephen Snyder at Pitbull Snyder Acting Studio. In New York she took classes at The Barrow Group, working with the school’s co-founders, Seth Barrish and Lee Brock. Emma has her BA from Brandeis University and spent a semester at Queen Mary, University of London, which was then the #1 ranked school in the UK for drama by the National Research Exercise.
Everyone loves a good comedy with heart, and Emma is no exception. That’s what has led her to some of her favorite roles, including the lead in mockumentary short “Confessions of a Teenage Cannibal” which played in Lyon, France at the On Vous Ment International Mockumentary Film Festival. She is also very excited for indie feature Tales From Shakespeare in which she plays a supporting role to come out later this year. Despite her success in film and new media, though, she is also always sure to make room for live theatre. She has produced staged readings of Seminar and Almost, Maine to give herself the chance to explore some of the most multifaceted, strong, heart-filled women modern playwrights have to offer. (And she always donates the proceeds to charity afterwards!)
A rabid travel lover, Emma has experience with all kinds of cultures of the world, and loves to see and try new things. From Greece to Canada, from Israel to Peru, Emma has traveled extensively, and has become somewhat of an expert at moving around and eating everything new that she can. Currently she’s still amazed by the beauty of the southwestern United States, but she’s hoping to explore a new international destination soon.
TMI Hollywood may be on break for the summer now, but in addition to the work that she is creating with Hot and Funny, Emma is looking forward to shooting Alexander Roman’s new short film, “The Black Market” in San Francisco later this month.