Emily Pearson, a professional writer, actress and producer, grew up singing and dancing in the San Francisco Bay area where she studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater’s Young Actors Training Program. Early stage productions included A Christmas Carol; The Sound of Music; Once Upon a Mattress; Oliver; Hold Me; Working; The Dining Room and The Boyfriend. While majoring in Musical Theater at BYU she played Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!; Anita in West Side Story; various roles in Holding Patterns; Beverly in the Shadow Box; and toured both Northern California and the British Isles with the Young Ambassador’s musical theater review show Prime Times. Emily performed for two summers with the Connecticut Repertory Theater appearing as a daughter in The Pirates of Penzance and Amy in Company; and received a double nomination as Best Actress in a Musical by the Connecticut Critics Circle for her roles as Carrie in Carousel and Mitzie in Over Here!
Film and television credits include Saved By the Bell; Twin Peaks; Beverly Hills 90210; Baywatch (where her 20-year-old butt made a fabulous appearance); Lambada The Forbidden Dance (both the film and the How To Lambada Home Video which is, to date, her proudest accomplishment); Touched By An Angel; Brigham City; Heber Holiday; Evil Angel; Taking 5; Luna Mesa; Boys At The Bar; and The Sex Diaries Project. Emily has been a guest on Geraldo, Regis and Kathy Lee, San Francisco’s People Are Talking and CBS Sunday Morning News with Charles Kuralt; her voice can be heard in the animated film The Swan Princess; she has been seen and heard in various television and radio commercials; and her Bacon number is 4.
Emily is the author of the children's book Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed which just celebrated a 15 year anniversary re-print; was made into an interactive iPhone app; has been performed as a stage play in various elementary schools; and inspired a program that is being used in Elementary schools to stop bullying and to teach kids the power of paying it forward. Other books include Fuzzy Red Bathrobe, First Aid Kit For the Holidays, Does This Life Make My Butt Look Big? and the memoir Dancing With Crazy.
Emily worked for years as the Managing Director of Main Street Movie Company where she was an associate producer on the film States of Grace; worked as a producer on the film 8:The Mormon Proposition, which took the 2010 Sundance Film Festival by storm; is currently producing the feature film Facing East; and is the Writer/Director/Producer for the children's YouTube channels WigglePop and Funpop!