EMMA WALTON HAMILTON is a best-selling and award-winning author, editor, stage and television writer/producer, performer and arts educator. Together with her mother, Julie Andrews, she has co-authored over thirty books for children and adults, nine of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including The Very Fairy Princess series (#1 NY Times Bestseller), Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs And Lullabies; Julie Andrews’ Treasury: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Seasons; the Dumpy The Dump Truck series; Simeon’s Gift; The Great American Mousical; THANKS TO YOU – Wisdom From Mother And Child (#1 New York Times Bestseller), and most recently, Andrews’ second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years.
Emma serves as Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program, dedicated to quality books for young readers that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder. Her own book for parents and caregivers, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards, and an Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine’s Best Book of the Year.
Emma was a two-time Emmy Award nominee for her role as Executive Producer and Writer for Julie’s Greenroom, a children’s television program about the arts created for Netflix, starring Julie Andrews and co-produced by the Jim Henson Company. Emma is also a Grammy Award-winning voice-over artist, having provided voicing for numerous audiobooks, including Gitty Daneshvari’s School of Fear, Patrick McDonnell’s Me…Jane, Nancy Tafuri’s All Kinds of Kisses, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies (2010 Grammy Award, Best Spoken Word Album for Children), and Julie Andrews Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year, as well as for radio, television, theater and industrial spots. Currently, she and her mother are developing and co-hosting a new story-time podcast for families, Julie’s Library, produced by American Public Media.
Other mediums Emma has written for include song lyrics, poetry, and stage and symphonic adaptions of her and her mother’s children’s books. A symphonic adaptation of Simeon’s Gift was developed at Bay Street Theatre and went on symphonic tour to the Hollywood Bowl, Atlanta Symphony and the O2 Arena in the UK, among other venues, under the banner of Julie Andrews’ Gift of Music. Julie and Emma’s middle grade novel, The Great American Mousical, was adapted into a family musical and produced by Goodspeed Musicals at the Norma Terris Theatre in East Haddam, Connecticut. Emma’s song lyrics have been recorded by Laughing Pizza, and her poetry has been published for STAAR – the State of Texas’ Assessments of Academic Readiness, in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ (SCBWI) Bulletin, and in both anthologies published in the Julie Andrews Collection.
Since 2008, Emma has been a faculty member for Stony Brook University’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature Program, where she teaches children’s literature courses and serves as Director of the Children’s Literature Fellows program as well as the annual Southampton Children’s Literature Conference. She is also Executive Director of their Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), an inter-disciplinary writing and creative arts program for middle and high school students on Long Island.
Prior to becoming a published author, Emma worked as an actress in theater, film and television, and as a theatrical director and producer. She is a longtime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and was a faculty member at their Institute for several years. In 1991, she co-founded the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York with her husband, Stephen Hamilton and producer Sybil Christopher. Emma served as Bay Street’s Co-Artistic Director and Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences for 17 years.
An accomplished public speaker, Emma addresses conferences, schools, universities and other groups on a regular basis about the value of, and synergy between, the arts and literacy. Emma is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, the Author’s Guild, The Dramatists’ Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Reading Association, SAG, AEA, AFTRA and ASCAP. She has served on the theater panel for the New York State Council on the Arts, as a National Ambassador for The Broadway League’s “Kids’ Night on Broadway”, and as a trustee for the Morriss Center School in Bridgehampton, NY, and the Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End (CTREE). She is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Sag Harbor Cinema, and a board member of the Sag Harbor Partnership, dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in Sag Harbor, NY, where she lives with her husband, director/actor/acting coach Steve Hamilton, and their two children, Sam and Hope.
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