Emond graduated with an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Emond appeared in the Broadway productions of the musical 1776 (1997) as Abigail Adams and in Yasmina Reza's play Life x 3 (2003), for which she received a nomination for the 2003 Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Emond debuted on the New York stage in the Off-Broadway play Nine Armenians in 1996 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She was cast as the character "Elaine" in the Craig Lucas play The Dying Gaul at the Vineyard Theater in 1998.
She has performed in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul in three separate productions, the first at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2001, receiving a nomination for a Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Featured Actress and winning the Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Actress and 2002 Obie Award for Performance. Emond also appeared in the same play at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2004. She played the role of Queen Hermione in The Winter's Tale at the Public Theater production of Shakespeare in the Park in July 2010. Emond appeared in the play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, which opened Off-Broadway in the Spring of 2011.
In regional theatre, Emond has performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in David Hare's The Secret Rapture in 1990 and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts in The Cherry Orchard (2004) and A.R. Gurney's Far East (1998).
Emond's film and television roles include Simone Beck in 2009s Julie & Julia, Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) a made-for-television film for Lifetime, and as Abigail Adams in American Experience: John and Abigail Adams for PBS. In 2009 she played the role of Mary Ann McCray in the Hallmark Hall of Fame television presentation of A Dog Named Christmas. She has also appeared in the Gossip Girl, Law and Order and The Good Wife.
Emond has also been a reader for audiobooks, including recent recordings of 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs and Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman.
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