BIO

1. a typically written history of a person’s life.

Which roles, assets and experiences are things that you want or need to share with us?  Tell us about where you’ve been and what you’ve done.  What accomplishments are you most proud of?  

After you decide what you want to include in your bio, start to ask yourself some questions.  What is the intention behind this particular bio?  Where is it being used?  Is this to introduce yourself to the world?  Is it a reminder of who you are?  All of these questions affect the tone and content of your bio.  The same ideas can be applied to an ‘about’ section for your company, product, project, etc.  It can be more formal and business-y, or informal and conversational.

What do you do when you’re starting out or don’t have too much to include?  You talk about other things you’ve accomplished or that you love!

The basic pieces of every bio include:

  • YOUR NAME, TITLE and GROUP within COMPANY.
  • RESPONSIBILITIES/SPECIALTY/EXPERTISE.
  • EXPERIENCE/BACKGROUND.
  • PERSONAL INFO (if appropriate).

My classifications of different types of bios and times to use them include:

  • Business Bio – when you’re in more corporate settings, usually has a serious tone
  • Informal Bio – when you’re in creative settings where there are less rules and you can have a playful tone
  • Longish Semi-formal Bio – when you have a little more room to play with and can be a little cheeky
  • Long Business Bio – when you have more space for the business bio to include additional details about specific acheivements
  • Long Informal Bio – when you can have an expanded version of the informal bio and elaborate on acheivements you want to include

Business Bio

Emily McGill is an Account Supervisor in the entertainment department at DKC Public Relations, whose clients run the gamut from personal representation to corporate accounts.  While her specialty is theatre, experience includes film, television, corporate, and music clientele.  Broadway publicity credits include the Tony Award winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, and Billy Elliot, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and CATS, George Takei’s Allegiance, This Is Our Youth, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Elf, and First Date.  With a diverse background in publicity, talent relations, and client services, Emily cultivated a passion for overall entertainment, along with her love of theatre.  She is a native of Pittsburgh, and a graduate of Point Park University with a degree in Theatre Arts. 

Informal Bio

Emily McGill is a theatre-lover first, she also rocks. A publicist by trade, she’s worked on Broadway shows like the Tony Award winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, and Billy Elliot. Also, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and CATS, George Takei’s Allegiance, This Is Our Youth, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Elf, and First Date. Clients have included independent and studio films and documentaries, television shows, companies, musical artists, and strippers (no joke). She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and never misses a Steelers game (shout out to Coach Tomlin and James Harrison!).

Longish Semi-formal Bio

Emily McGill has represented the Tony Award-winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, and Billy Elliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and CATS, George Takei’s Allegiance, This Is Our Youth, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Elf, and First Date. Since that start, she’s expanded out to other forms of entertainment, including music, film and television, and worked with companies large and small (from Disney, HBO, Amazon Studios, Fathom Events, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Westfield Corporation, to boutique talent agencies, internet startups, non-profits and string quartets). Emily has successfully navigated relationships with the press on behalf of clients resulting in coverage from The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, the Associated Press, the Today Show, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly to name a few. Career highlights include the Obamas attending A Raisin in the Sun and having a literal ‘stop the presses’ moment with People Magazine for the exclusive photo, throwing an afternoon tea for Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson that was hosted by Julianne Moore (and included the reading of a congratulatory letter from First Lady Michelle Obama), producing a concert at the State Department for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton starring cast members of Memphis and the show’s composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi), and producing a benefit concert of Operation Smile to celebrate the cast album of First Date.

Long Business Bio

Emily McGill’s credits as a Broadway publicist include the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, the Tony Award-winning Best Musicals Memphis and Billy Elliot, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Elf, First Date, This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and CATS, and George Takei’s Allegiance.  

With A Raisin in the Sun, Emily was instrumental in garnering publicity of the President and First Lady’s attendance at the show.  While handling Memphis, she coordinated with the State Department to produce a performance with composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi) and cast members at the State Department Headquarters for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In representing First Date, she produced a benefit concert celebrating the release of the original Broadway cast album while raising funds for Operation Smile.  

Other clients have included films, television shows, documentaries, companies, and musicians.  Emily has successfully navigated relationships with the press on behalf of clients resulting in coverage from The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, Associated Press, E! News, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.  

As a woman with a diverse background in publicity, talent relations, and client services, Emily has a passion for New York City along with her love of Broadway.

Long Informal Bio

Emily McGill LOVES theatre – it is her passion and religion, and she’s been really fortunate to carve out a space in the Broadway community.  From repping the Tony Award-winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, and Billy Elliot, to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock and CATS, George Takei’s Allegiance, This Is Our Youth, Rock of Ages, Ghost, Elf, and First Date, Broadway shows have given Emily the foundations to build a career.  Since that start, she’s expanded out to other forms of entertainment and worked with companies large and small (think Disney, HBO, Amazon Studios, Fathom Events, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Westfield Corporation to boutique talent agencies, internet startups, non-profits and string quartets.  And strippers).

Emily has successfully navigated relationships with the press on behalf of clients resulting in coverage from The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, the Associated Press, the Today Show, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.

Career highlights include the Obamas attending A Raisin in the Sun and having a literal ‘stop the presses’ moment with People for the exclusive photo, sitting in on an interview with AIDS activist and writer Larry Kramer and the legendary Cindy Adams (before Cindy made her get in the car for a ride to midtown), throwing an afternoon tea for Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson that was hosted by Julianne Moore, producing a concert at the State Department for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton starring cast members of Memphis and the show’s composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi), and producing a benefit concert of Operation Smile to celebrate the cast album of First Date.  Life’s been good to Emily, but she’s worked hard for it.

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