As with many kids, Emma Campbell’s first show and first lead at age four, were well before anyone would have guessed she would become a performer. It was an unusual show for Mississippi, Frosty the Snowman, The Musical; and Emma, of course, was Frosty. In grade school in Indiana, she participated in class shows, choirs, talent shows, and many productions with community theaters. Emma won her first singing competition as a nine year old, singing “You Made Me Love You.” Judy Garland remains one of her main sources of inspiration to this day. As a 5th grader, Emma was cast as Anna in her Middle School production of “The King and I.” It was the largest production the school had ever attempted and was driven partly by the belief Emma’s teachers had in her talent. It was following this pivotal performance, that Emma knew she would be a lifelong performer. She now set her mind to developing her talent.
During her first summer in High School, Emma was accepted to Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. She spent two summers at the Interlochen Theater Department, earning a scholarship for her third session. Following her first season, Emma was also accepted
into, and completed the Classical Singing Program. During her magical time at Interlochen, Emma visited the Idyllwild campus in California and knew she had found what would be her future home. Emma was accepted to Idyllwild, and, taking a leap of faith and making a compromise of sorts, she focused her attention on her theatrical training, specifically Musical Theater. Emma spent her time at Idyllwild playing a myriad of lead roles in productions and working in stage management and lighting. She also remained heavily involved in choral work, participating in madrigals, classical and gospel choirs, and several other choral styles.
Following Idyllwild, Emma moved to England where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater and a Minor in Directing at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. While at LIPA, Emma helped develop a program called The Magical Materials and Machines. This program was designed to teach science to children through educational yet fun skits. Emma both directed and acted in several of the skits and also coached non actors. Due to the success and popularity of the shows, the troupe then traveled to schools across the United Kingdom and France, helping children to develop their own fun science shows while incorporating concepts of music and theater. During this time, Emma also starred in several shows and both of her senior shows, “Brezhnev’s Children” and “Proof” won awards. Emma and the casts of both of these shows were also invited to the London ACT Arts Festival for a four show run. In Liverpool, Emma also began writing songs, participating in songwriting showcases, and became familiar with the recording studio.
Upon returning to the US, Emma toured the country with the Boston Chamber Theater Group where she performed in six different shows and also served as the Assistant Stage Manager. Since then, Emma has refocused her energy into her singing training and is working as a freelance vocalist while also recording her debut solo album entitled: Emma’s Songbook. She is also currently writing several cabaret shows for Don’t Tell Mama’s.
JANET R. KIRCHHEIMER
Janet R. Kirchheimer is a prize-winning poet whose poetry and essays appear in several print and online journals and in anthologies. Currently, she is producing a documentary that explores poetry about the Holocaust. Janet teaches poetry and creative writing classes, gives readings, teaches early American Jewish history classes, as well as workshops in which adults and teens explore their Jewishness through creative writing.
She is a docent at Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in the City of New York. She also teaches a memoir writing workshop at the JCC in Manhattan, and “What’s Jewish Got To Do With It” for their R&R Shabbat series. Janet is excited to lead tours for Back in Time.
Although he started out training to be a Rabbi, David Mikofsky quickly left the clergy to live the glamorous life of a street performer. Since then he has primarily made his living performing as The Creepy Bard at Renaissance Faires up and down the East Coast. In addition, he has performed at various music festivals, reenactment events, and has done character acting for parties, street and stage.
GIACINTA “GIA” PACE
Giacinta “Gia” Pace is a ‘Jill Of All Trades’ who makes her home in New York City. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on a rainy day in June and was brought up on Long Island in a small town called Mastic. Giacinta is a graduate of Hofstra University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Cum Laude with Departmental High Honors.
Giacinta currently works full-time for NBC Universal where every day is a new and exciting adventure. Her part-time endeavors include doing everything and anything you can think of at the JCC Manhattan and JCC Harlem and she also owns The New York Capital District Renaissance Festival in Altamont, New York which takes place annually on the second weekend of June.
Performing and history are Giacinta’s true passions, so she is thrilled to finally marry them together in this amazing and exciting enterprise!
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