Emily Volz Mills

Acting and Musical Theatre Teacher

Lifelong performer and educator, Emily has pursued music making at the professional level and spent equal time in the classroom as on the stage. As a private voice and piano instructor, she enjoys working with students of all ages at her home studio in Creston Heights. Emily loves to collaborate and coach audition repertoire, exploring interpretation and storytelling! A certified music educator, she has had the pleasure of working with students K-12 in Illinois, California and Michigan from the general music classroom to choral settings, specializing in subjects from performance arts to keyboarding. Growing up in Illinois, Emily was extremely active in community theatre and found herself lucky enough to be cast in the Circle of Friends Musical at the (former) American Girl Theatre in Chicago! Now a Teaching Artist with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Emily enjoys leading Core Acting and Core Musical Theatre classes for different age groups. Outside of performing, Emily is a proud mom of 2 (Ezra & Elanor), yogi, and interior design wanna-be who often buys too many plants. When feeling brave she dabbles in song writing for a local band project (vocals, keys/accordion).

What inspires you?
Acts of kindness, nature, speaking your truth

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Sarah Crewe and Leslie Knope

What was your favorite after school snack growing up?
Apple slices with peanut butter