UNION, NJ - Award-winning Canadian film and television actress Emily Hampshire visited Union High School last week.

Hampshire stopped in to Mr. Mosser’s Advanced Musical Theatre Class offering her insight into the film and television industry and shared her story of how she made her dream become a reality. Starting at an early age, Hampshire focused on her goals, she said.  

Hampshire’s professional credits include playing Jennifer Goines in Syfy's series “12 Monkeys”. She also stars in the PopTV comedy “Schitt's Creek” as Stevie Budd.  She will begin work on her new movie, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan”, directed by Xavier Dolan.  Hampsire will star as Amy Bosworth alongside Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Jacob Tremblay and Jessica Chastain. The Canadian drama is set to premiere in 2018.

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Hampshire has remained engaged with students and the Union High School Performing Art Company, following some of the students on social media.

“Thank you so much for sharing your insanely amazing talent with me Union High School Theater Students,” said Hampshire on her Instagram page.  “You guys totally inspired me.”  Hampshire sent each of the students a book entitled “Letters to a Young Poet,” about an experienced poet helping a young poet find their voice as an artist.  She personalized each book with a special note.

“I am grateful to have met such an influential figure and look forward to seeing her work in years to come,” said UHS senior Leanne Laurino via her Broadway World.com blog.

The next opportunity to see the students of the UHSPAC is their spring production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”, March 31 - April 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. For more information, please visit www.uhspac.com.