Jacqueline Emerson (THE HUNGER GAMES) is a multi-hyphenate at her core: a consummate actor, singer, composer, writer, and burgeoning director.
Trained in film, theater, and improv, Jackie has been acting since the age of 6. She has performed with such theater companies as Reprise LA, TheaterWorks, the Playwrights Foundation, LAOpera, IAMA (under 30 reading series), EST/LA, and the Stanford Shakespeare Company. After filming THE HUNGER GAMES, Jackie went to Stanford, where she began developing out a large slate of film and television projects she is both writing and performing in. As of late, she just wrapped a leading role in the indie comedy feature WINE CLUB (Steve Little, Taylor Ortega), is playing one of the lead roles in THE ART THIEF (Max Deacon), then heads off to Atlanta in the upcoming months to film KENT STATE (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Mira Sorvino). She also shot an award-winning proof of concept over the pandemic that she starred in, co-directed and produced (along with creator Matthew Libby - WME, Leipzig). The 10-minute dramatic one-shot can be seen HERE.
Along with her film acting, Jackie's theater roles include “Beatrice” in Much Ado About Nothing, “Juror #3” in 12 Angry Men, and “Evelyn Nesbit” in Ragtime; she has also performed as "Leisel" opposite Ben Platt in Reprise LA's tribute to Richard Rogers. Most recently, she starred in Ensemble Studio Theater’s critically acclaimed world premiere of the intimate and intense “Charlotte Stay Close," for which she was a 2020 Ovation Award Nominee.
As a singer, Jackie has performed at venues like the Hollywood Bowl, sung with the LA Opera, recorded an album and toured the country with Disney music band, Dev2.0, and released multiple professionally recorded songs - her vocals have garnered over a million views on Youtube. She has also lent her voice to projects for Disney, Dreamworks, Legoland, and Walmart. During her time at Stanford, she and a small team won a month-long residency in NYC to develop the original musical “Towers.” After that, she was commissioned to write music and co-write lyrics for the musical adaptation of “Princess Ten Ten and the Dark Skies,” which was produced with full orchestra at the University of California, Riverside in 2019.
On the activism side, Jackie created the story-sharing platform “Let’s Get Real” while at Stanford, and traveled around the country under that banner, speaking with young women about body image and overall representation issues. She was also the cofounder of She’s So Boss—a multimedia brand that helps girls to discover their own inner boss. Because of her voice on these issues, Jackie was invited to speak at TEDx Orange Coast, was profiled in OWN's digital series, “Who Am I,” was the ambassador to the China Institute (she is conversational in Mandarin), was named one of Business Insider’s “15 Incredible Students Attending Stanford University,” and was a guest columnist for the Huffington Post and Maria Shriver’s website.
When she’s in LA, you can find Jackie performing musical improv with various troupes on the UCB Mainstage (most recently as a guest on Baby Wants Candy, and a core player on Pinot Noir), see her act in local theater shows, and find her storyboarding her upcoming projects with a lot of post-its on the floor.
2012: THE HUNGER GAMES - Foxface - dir. Gary Ross, LIONSGATE
2014: THE LAST SURVIVORS - Skye - dir. Tom Hammock, prod. Seth Caplan, Jacob Forman, Chris Harding
2014: THE NIGHT IS OURS (short) - Olivia - dir. Aubree Bernier-Clarke, prod. Pin Chun-Liu
2015: THE CURSE OF DOWNER’S GROVE – Eyde – dir. Derrick Martini, prod. AlliBella Pictures
2018: IDLE WORSHIP (mockumentary) – Emilee – dir. Corey Lubowitch, prod. Tin Can Bros
2018: NINETEEN (short) - Krista - dir. Ryan Simpkins, prod. Rhiannon Jones
2020: FAR FROM PHOENIX (short) - Lydia - dir. Brandon Dougherty & Olivia Kincaide
2020: DARBY HOSKINS (short) - Darby - dir. Matthew Libby & Jacqueline Emerson
2021: WINE CLUB - Tova - dir. Matt Hirschorn, Eric Cohen, prod. Bob Castrone
2022: ART THIEF - Olympia - dir. Arthur Egeli, prod. 1916 Films
2022: WINTER SPRING SUMMER OR FALL - Robyn - dir. Tiffany Paulsen prod. MPCA, Paramount
2023: KENT STATE (upcoming) - Ruth - dir. Karen Slade, prod. (confidential)
CHARLOTTE STAY CLOSE – Charlotte – (Atwater Village Theater, EST/LA, lead)
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY - Sally - (EST/LA, lead)
LIFE WITHOUT - (IAMA UNDER 30, lead)
RICHARD ROGERS TRIBUTE: FT. SOUND OF MUSIC EXERPTS - Leisel (Broad Theater, Reprise LA, lead)
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Louise (Roy Theater, Reprise LA, supporting)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Beatrice (Roble Theater, lead)
KEEPERS OF THE NIGHT - Chloe (Alex Theater, lead)
THE SUPREME LEADER – Sophie (Theater of Yugen, The Playwright's Foundation, lead)
12 ANGRY MEN - Juror #3 (Neukom Hall, lead)
THE HISTORY BOYS - Scripps (Stark Family Intimate Theater, lead)
RAGTIME - Evelyn Nesbit (Dinkelspiel Auditorium, supporting)
SPRING AWAKENING – Thea (Roble Theater, supporting)
TROUPES: Shoot the Moon, Pinot Noir (UCB)
PERFORMANCES: UCB (Shoot the Moon, The Music Store, guest on Baby Wants Candy), Second City (guest on Ghost Faced Kittens), Westside Comedy (The Music Store, Rosé)
FESTIVALS: Texas Thespian’s Conference (The Music Store - 8,000 person audience); LA Comic Con (The Show That Shall Not Be Named); CIT National Championship (Stanford Improvisers)
FANTASIA - Scout - Video Game (DISNEY)
FATHER OF THE PRIDE - Tiger Twins - TV Series (DREAMWORKS)
COMMERCIALS - (Walmart, Well’s Fargo, Legoland, Teen Choice Awards, etc.)
IMPROVAGEDDON (musical short) -
IMPACT: THE MUSICAL! (musical short) –
NA NA NA (NA) (musical short) -
PRINCESS TEN TEN (musical) – composer/lyricist/producer, developing animated feature
TOWERS (musical) – co-creator/composer/lyricist/writer, developing live action television series
FLIGHT (song) - Bing Concert Hall
GLASS FIRE IN A JAR, PETER PAN etc. – professionally recorded and produced original music (Youtube)
CAN YOU SING - Benefit Concert - Wiltern Theater
BROADWAY TRIBUTE - RepriseLA - Ford Amphitheater
BEETHOVEN’S 9TH - LA Philharmonic/Dudamel - Hollywood Bowl
HANSEL AND GRETEL - LA Opera - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
PAGLIACCI - LA Opera - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
ACTING: Anne Scarborough (6 years), Warner Loughlin (2 years), AMAW (2 years), Amy Freed
IMPROV: IO, Second City, Stanford University/BATS
VOICE: Bruce Eckstut (6 years), Edward Sayegh (2 years)
PIANO: Colburn School with Kathleen Summerland (10 years)
SKILLS: Accents (Deep South, Southern Belle, Mid-atlantic, British RP, Cockney, Irish, Boston, Russian, Eastern European, French, etc.), languages (Mandarin, German), dance (tap, jazz, modern), rock climbing, sword fighting/stage combat, parkour, skiing, etc.