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Meet Emily-Mae Kamp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily-Mae Kamp.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in West Hills, California and have been involved in the performing arts for all of my life. When I was two years old, I performed in my first theatrical production, and at three, I began ballet classes. I always dreamed of pursuing the arts I just never knew which avenue was right for me. As I grew older, I started to veer more towards dance, filling my days with training and competition. Theater was the furthest thing from my mind, however, several injuries later I found myself back confused and not sure what to pursue. That’s when I rediscovered theater. Theater had a sort of whimsy to it that dance didn’t. However, all of my technique in training was able to benefit me. I applied and was excepted to the USC School of Dramatic Arts where I’m currently pursuing my BA in Theatre with an emphasis and Acting. My freshman year of college, through a text conversation with my friend, an idea sparked. We can make our own opportunities. And so we did! Gathering the team of Monica Montoya, Aaron Daniel Jacob, Terry Kamp, and Lilly Dollenmayer, we launched Debatable Productions. Debatable Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing arts opportunities and mentorships for performers and artists between the ages of 16 and 25.

We provide opportunities in theater, film, dance, music and much more. We are low to no cost educational nonprofit that allows people to participate in arts programs that normally would cost thousands of dollars. Given that I was just 18, I was in a position where I was accelerating my learning. At 19 years old, I found myself teaching and choreographing for people six years older than me. Since then, I’ve been able to direct many shows and teach many different people from all walks of life. Through all this, I’m still pursuing my own career in comedy. I’m a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade and have also trained in both the Groundlings and Second City conservatories. I’ve dedicated my life to the arts and bringing joy to others, and I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve been very fortunate in the opportunities that I’ve come my way. What the struggle I suffer with is spreading myself too thin. I try to help everywhere I can and take as many opportunities that passed me but sometimes it leads to overwhelming myself.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I work with Debatable Productions. Debatable Productions is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit dedicated to providing arts opportunities to people aged 16-25 from all different backgrounds.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Monica Montoya, Aaron Daniel Jacob, Terry Kamp, and Lilly Dollenmayer have really been my team through everything. Without these for humans, I would not be anywhere near where I am today.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: emilymaekamp

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