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Emily Schooley

Canada - Ontario


Image 1: A headshot of Emily, a white woman with red hair, smiling in front of a pink background.

Image 2: Emily, a white woman with red hair, is on location to direct film work. She stands to the right in the photo. She is wearing a green tank top with stars on it, and black shorts. She is smiling widely. Beside her, on the left side of the photo, is James Kinistino - an Indigenous man with a moustache and goatee. He has short dark hair, and is wearing a backwards baseball cap, along with a bright blue t-shirt and camouflage shorts. He is smiling and giving a thumbs up. Behind them, slightly out of focus, is a RED camera.

Image 3: Emily, a white woman with red hair, is on location to direct film work. Emily is standing in the middle of an upscale kitchen. She is looking at the monitor of a RED cinema camera. Beside Emily, an Indigeous man with short dark hair is operating the camera. A light-skinned woman wearing glasses, with long curly hair, sits beside the man on his other side. An actor with light skin and short dark hair, wearing a bloody t-shirt, is laying on the floor in front of the camera. A white man with a brown beard, wearing a baseball cap, stands at the right side of the photo, holding sound recording equipment.

Emily Schooley is an award-winning actor and emerging filmmaker whose multi-disciplinary foundation informs her overall practice. She is the founder of Laughing Cat Productions, a Toronto-based company that focuses on telling intelligent, women-driven stories. Emily has worked extensively in independent stage and screen media, with projects ranging from small, intimate sets to large-scale feature productions. In 2020, she was selected as one of just 100 women to take part in Banff Spark, an accelerator program for women in media. Some of Emily's favourite acting roles include: Lady in Red (Park Enforcer), Michelle (Clutch), Dahlia Joss (Byologyc), and Freddie (Death in a Black Suit). She has also appeared as an on-camera expert in several documentaries, including A Big Set of Lungs, and #MeAfterToo. Emily's work has screened internationally, and her last two short films - Psyche and Life and the Art of Lying - are now available to watch on VOD.

Areas of Interest:

  • Performing Arts
  • Photography / Film
  • Literary Arts


  • Practicing artist or maker


  • Relaxed Performance

Identifies with:

  • Mad
  • Neurodiverse
  • Fat
  • Survivor
  • Queer
  • Feminist