Emmi Shockley is a New York-based actor and filmmaker. She grew up in Ocean City, Maryland where she spent her teenage years acting in small Baltimore film projects, singing in local restaurants, and working in her uncle’s Irish pub. She made her real entrance into the indie film world at age fifteen when she was cast in Michael Tully’s Sundance feature Ping Pong Summer. She starred alongside Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, and John Hannah and attracted attention for her role as Stacy Summers, the off-beat, Slurpee-drinking love interest of the film’s protagonist, Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte).
After starring in this film and traveling through the festival circuit, Emmi was inspired to pursue writing and directing. She and her brother Tate Shockley soon began producing their own shorts. This led to numerous successful and ongoing collaborations with musicians, clothing labels, and professional surfers.
Emmi was attending Fordham University when she wrote and directed her short film We Regret to Inform You for the 2016 Campus MovieFest competition. She was selected as a finalist at the international level of this competition and screened her film at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Emmi is now a senior at the NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television where she focuses on screenwriting, directing, and independent producing. She recently wrote, directed, and starred in her short film, Don’t Be a Baby. The film had its first school-wide screening at NYU’s New Visions+Voices Showcase in November 2018. She and her team won the awards of Audience Choice, Best Directing, Best Lead Actress, and Best Editing. The short was also an official selection of The Bowery Film Festival, The Ocean City Film Festival, and The NYU Diversity Arts Festival.
Emmi will graduate from NYU in May 2019. She is represented in both New York and Los Angeles by Emma Lewis of Paradigm Talent.