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Emily Carpenter



I am a resourceful and creative individual.  Organized, efficient, and always constructing  new solutions- I welcome opportunities to put to use my highly varied skill set.

Work History



Theatre Jacksonville 

Part of the founding company that developed and implemented the first Theatre for Babies program in the United States.  Workshopped in collaboration with Maja Ardal, artistic director of Young People's Theatre in Toronto.

Jul 2013Present

Founder and Instructor

Family Music & Movement

Leading classes with babies/toddlers and their caregivers.  In 2015, co-founded DuBow Preschool Treehouse and operate this class under that umbrella.  Emily is a coordinator for Treehouse.

Family Music & Movement page

Jan 2005Jan 2006


Cirque du Soleil

Two contracts in two different shows performing as character clown couple with Seth Carpenter.  See below for letter of recommendation from the Cirque du Soleil creative team.

Dec 2011Present

Shop Owner

The ZESTY Nest
  • Shop that specializes in making custom stilt pants costumes for stilt-walkers.
Oct 2008Dec 2012

Certified Instructor

Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides, LLC

Fit4Mom is a total fitness program for new moms that they can do with their babies. Taught in Wilmington, NC from October 2008- May 2009, then helped open Jacksonville, Florida Stroller Strides in June 2009 and continue to teach there.  Helped open St. Johns location in 2010.

Certified Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby instructor.

May 2011Jan 2013

Director of Operations

Stroller Strides of the First Coast

In charge of day to day operations.

Coordinating large events year-round:  approximately 3 large community events and 50 smaller events per year. Marketing to gain new members.

Schedule and manage instructors.

Create and send involved monthly newsletters.

Earn continuing education credits: ongoing.

Make connections and partnerships in the community.

Mar 2006Jun 2009


University of North Carolina Wilmington

Coordinate several events/programs, the two most significant being "Adult Scholars Leadership Program" and "Summer Nights under the Stars".  Worked with UNCW Public Service and Continuing Studies in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

May 2003Dec 2003

Krooze Komic

Royal Caribbean International

Seven month contract as the sole female in four person Improv/Sketch Comedy troupe.

Did 27 sets a week playing different characters of  own creation.

This program was phased out on RCI ships.


Aug 1998May 2002

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Penn State University

Studied with Spence Ford, Charles Dumas, Richard Nichols, Jane Ridley, John Franceschina, Cary Libkin, Mary Saunders, Bev Patton, Barry Kur, Kevin P. Hill.  Graduating class of 10 students in one of the top 10 colleges for BFA Musical Theatre programs.



According to Tom Rath's "Strength Finders 2.0" Emily's top five strengths are: 1.  Connectedness 2.  Activator 3.  Discipline 4.  Communication 5.  Input


4 foot stilts

Computer skills

Basic Website Design, Google Drive and Docs, Word, Excel, Power Point, iMovie, Garage Band, Social Media Management..



Letters of recommendation...