Born in Richmond, Virginia, Emily Skinner attended college at Carnegie Mellon University.
Skinner moved to New York in 1992 and took part in a workshop of Jekyll and Hyde. A few years later, she joined the original cast as an ensemble member and understudy for the leads of Emma and Lucy.
Her other Broadway credits include James Joyce's The Dead, The Full Monty, Dinner at Eight, the 2004 Encores! staging of the forgotten Gershwin musical Pardon My English and the 2005 Encores! production A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, both at New York City Center, As well as benefit concert performances of Dreamgirls and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Skinner's role as one half of a pair of Siamese twins in Side Show earned her critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination shared with co-star Alice Ripley. It was the first time in Tony history that two performers were co-nominated as a team for the Best Actress award.
Emily Skinner has recorded a self-titled solo album.
Skinner has appeared off-Broadway in Fanny Hill and at the Kennedy Center in Mame and Merrily We Roll Along.
Emily Skinner will be playing the role of Mrs. Milligan in the "Broadway-Bound" Production of Ace at the Signature Theatre Sept/Oct 2008.
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