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Emma Lee grew up in West Virginia, went to college in Texas (where she met and married her husband, Paul David), lived in Alabama, then back to Texas before coming to North Carolina almost 25 years ago. Prior to becoming the resident Costume Designer at Hickory Community Theatre six years ago, she was a stay-at-home mom to her two sons, Jimmy and Mikey. Both currently serve their country in the Armed Forces, Jimmy as a US Marine and Mikey in the US Air Force. Emma Lee added the title of mother-in-law to her resume when Mikey married Ashleigh Freeman in December 2019. Paul David is a retired pastor, and served in the US Air Force Reserves for the past 22 years. Emma Lee and Paul David share a love of theatre and have been honored to share the stage several times over the past seven years. In 2010 Emma Lee took her first steps into the world of community theatre. From 2010 to 2015, she was mainly an actor who dabbled in costuming. She quickly discovered she had a talent for design and really enjoyed working behind the scenes as well. She claims she is channeling both her mother and maternal grandmother in her sewing and design skills. She has designed at other theatres in the area including the HUB and Newton Performing Arts Center. She is so thrilled to have found her creative outlet here at Hickory Community Theatre.




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