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Photograph of Emma Gibson teaching students at The Shipley School



Coaching sessions are designed around the individual's needs. 
Please contact for group and corporate sessions plans



  • Audition coaching

  • Character building 

  • The Physical body - the 5 centers

  • Voice of the character

  • Staging

  • Cold reads

  • Improvisation techniques

  • Conquering stage fright


  • Monologue selection (classical and contemporary, comedic and dramatic)

  • Monologue coaching 

  • Physicalization and staging

  • Self tapes

  • Conquering stage fright 

  • Online auditions


  • Consultation

  • Identifying BFA programs and conservatories

  • Structuring audition time-line

  • Selecting monologues

  • Monologue coaching

  • Self tapes

  • Dance and vocal coaching on demand


  • Vocal warm ups, pace, pitch, enunciation, tone and volume

  • Working with PowerPoints and other resources

  • Body language and gesture 

  • Coping with anxiety

  • Writing a speech

  • Online presentations

  • Sales pitches, motivation, celebratory, persuasive speeches and more.

About me

About Us

Photograph of instructor, Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson

Photograph of instructor, Phillip Brown

Phillip Brown

Phillip Sean Brown is currently the Director of Theater at the prestigious Shipley School in Bryn Mawr PA. Several of his students have gone on to study at Julliard, NYU TISCH, Michigan, and many other distinguished acting conservatories in the US and abroad, and are now working in the professional performing arts industry. He founded the Amblers Acting Studio and worked for Disney original programming and was the Acting/dialogue coach and ‘punch-up’ writer on the hit Original Series Disney shows, “That’s so Raven” and “Cory in the House.”  

Phillip has worked professionally in the TV, Film, and Theater industry throughout the United States. Most recently, Phillip has launched his original content creation production company, Sling & Stone Productions, focused on developing original content for TV, Film and Theater. He is also a professional actor and director and has extensive credits in both fields. Phillip attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA, where he studied Theater Arts, and he Received his Bachelor of Science, with Honors, in Business Administration and Leadership from Rosemont College. Phillip is also a graduate of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington Pa. For further information about his professional work, please click HERE.

Emma is a professional actor, director, teacher and writer, originally from London, England, but now based in the Main Line area of Philadelphia. She has over 30 years of professional experience working in theatre and public speaking. For the last 15 years she has worked at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. Many of her students have gone on to prestigious theatre schools in the US and further afield.  Adult public speaking students have presented at Ted Talks, to local businesses and at social events.


Professionally, she is a member of Actors Equity, British Equity and The Dramatists Guild. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing, a BA in Performance Arts and worked for many years in the UK as an actress, performing in plays in the West End, on tour and regionally around the UK, at The Edinburgh Festival and in BBC radio and film. In Philadelphia she has worked with many local companies and was the founding artistic director of Tiny Dynamite, a theatre company that specializes in the hit theatre series, 'a Play, a Pie and a Pint'. Since 2018 she has been working as a playwright and has had her work produced across the country. For further information about her professional work, please visit her artistic website HERE.


Skidmore College

UVA Writers Workshop


Boston University

Yale School of Drama


Yale Summer Session

University of Michigan

Students have been accepted into the following colleges and programs:

Tisch NYU

Berlin attachment




Penn State

Carnegie Mellon Summer session

Rider University

Carnegie Mellon Summer Program

Boston Conservatory


Florida State

Rowan University

Tulane University


"I have worked as a fight director for a dozen Shakespeare productions directed by Emma Gibson at the Shipley School. She brings a vivid imagination to all aspects of her productions and works hard to get the best performances from her students."


Charles Conwell

Fight Director SAFD

“Working with Emma has enabled me to engage with my audiences on a deeper and more personal level.”
Paul Deegan
Motivational and inspirational speaker and Everest climber
“Emma Gibson is such a thoughtful and intelligent acting coach that I can only recommend. She has a keen skill for being able to tailor her advice to how the actor is responding. She has coached me for several successful auditions, including college and advanced training programs.”
Georgia Evans
 NYU Tisch '24
All three of my daughters have done multiple productions with Emma. she is everyone’s cheerleader! Emma is a powerhouse! She makes every child feel important and included.

My daughter also took public speaking with Emma and went from being uncomfortable and insecure about speaking in front of her peers to confident and proud, within just a few short months.”

Marin Smith
Mother to Charlotte, Aisling and Olive Smith
image of students dancing in a production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Emma Gibson

How long are sessions?
  45 minutes / one hour.
How do I pay you? Venmo, PayPal, Cash or Check
Where are classes held? We are currently based in Haverford. We can also do coaching via zoom. 
How do I book? Send us a message at the contact form below or email
What is your covid policy? We follow the CDC guidelines. We are fully vaccinated and boosted. 
What about clearances? We are fully up to date with PA child clearances.
*For financial hardship, please reach out to discuss pay scale.

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Partnering with Lynne Fuller and College Flight Path, Stage Right will be presenting a workshop on public speaking essentials and interview skills, to help prepare students for their grad school interviews, or to get ready to join the workforce.


In this workshop we will cover...


🔷 Physical presence

🔷 Non-verbal responses

🔷 Reading the room

🔷 Handshake and body language

🔷 Effective listening

🔷 Researching your client

🔷 Managing interview anxiety

🔷 And more!


🌐 Register by emailing Chrome Browser and Google Meet recommended.

Registration is $20 per person

🗓️ Date: Tuesday, August 29th

⏰ Time: 7-8pm


Don't miss out on this opportunity to boost your interview success! 🎯💼

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