Spotlight on Playmakers Cast Member Emma Miller
When Emma Miller started attending Playmakers Camp in second grade she was not quite sure what to expect. Little did she know, it would be an experience that would end up shaping the rest of her life. Emma knew from that first summer at The Francine and Benson Pilloff Family Playmakers Performing Arts Camp, the program was something she wanted to be a part for a very long time.
“My first year of Playmakers camp, I fell in love,” Emma says. “I loved getting up and going to camp. I felt so valued and supported by counselors and I really came out of my shell.”
Emma describes herself as a shy child, someone who had no interest in performing at first. She was a student at Laurel School when she had her first role with Playmakers – a small chorus part in “Singin’ In The Rain.”
Since her first role, Emma has truly blossomed. She participated first as a Playmakers Performing Arts camper for seven years, was an assistant director for five years and this past summer, as a college student, she was a supervisor at Playmakers. Aside from the incredible experiences on stage and her leadership roles, Emma also raves about the friendships she found with Playmakers.
“When I look around my dorm room, I see photos of my brother and me and the rest are friends I have made through Playmakers,” she says. “I remember having Shabbat dinners at friends’ homes and we were all together for the same reason – our love for Playmakers.”
That Jewish connection is something Emma really treasures. She feels being involved in the Pilloff Family Playmakers Performing Arts Camp strengthened her ability to connect with her faith. One memory that really stands out in her mind is lighting a menorah as a cast when a performance fell during Hanukkah.
As a freshman at Kenyon College this past year, Emma directed a full-scale production of freshmen in the classic play “Arsenic and Old Lace.” She credits this accomplishment to her leadership roles in Playmakers Performing Arts camps.
“The opportunities I had in Playmakers have shaped what I have done in my life so far,” she says. “Playmakers brings out the best in me and I hope I can give back to a community that has meant so much to me.”