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Emily McGill is a spiritual seeker, tarot reader, storytelling strategist, and a deep believer in the power of community.  After nearly a decade and a half working in entertainment in New York City as a Broadway and entertainment publicist and communications consultant, her path of self-exploration led to healing and evolution – and reading tarot cards professionally.  

Invited to read tarot for virtual Burning Man 2021 and Brooklyn’s dry speakeasy Club Curious, Emily has also been featured by The Tamron Hall Show, the NY Post, and Thrive Global.  She writes Playbill’s Broadway Horoscopes, and currently in development is her own deck, The Broadway Tarot.

Emily’s passions are unlocking the magic in others, amplifying marginalized voices, offering platforms for open dialogue, and creating meaningful experiences while cultivating community.  She is the co-founder of S.N.O.B. (Sunday Night on Broadway), a popup Broadway industry dance party, a founding member of PR collective Spiral5, and a co-author of S5’s signature course The Career Rebel’s Guide to Modern PR.  

With 20 Broadway credits, Emily has represented the Tony Award-winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, Billy Elliot, and Disney’s The Lion King, plus Disney’s Aladdin, 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 her theatrical start, she’s expanded out to other forms of entertainment, including music, film/TV/streaming, and worked with companies large and small (from Disney, HBO, and Amazon Studios, to boutique talent agencies, internet startups, non-profits, and string quartets. Plus male strippers. Yes, male strippers).

She is also a crazy plant lady and loves to cook.

Emily’s social media: Emily’s website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, TikTok

A Raisin in the Sun (2014) Kenny Leon, Director, Denzel Washington, Walter Lee Younger, Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Valerie Harper, (1939 – 2019) The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Billy Elliot: The Musical (Nov. 2008 – Jan. 2012 ) Stephen Daldry, Director, Music by Elton John

Memphis (Oct. 2009 – Aug. 2012) Christopher Ashley, Music by David Bryan

Ghost The Musical (April 2012 – Aug. 2012) Matthew Warchus, Director

First Date (Aug. 2013 – Jan. 2014) Bill Berry, Director

A Raisin in the Sun (2004) Kenny Leon, Director, Sean Combs, Walter Lee Younger, Royal Theatre

Fences (April 2010 – July 2010) Kenny Leon, Director, Denzel Washington, Tory Maxon, Viola Davis, Rose, Tory’s wife

Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals, Jamie Same and David Carson, Bear and Company, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Disney on Broadway, The Lion King, Aladdin

Story-Power podcast

Tarot of the Divine, Yoshi Yoshitani

Pippin First Broadway show (Oct. 1972 – June 1977)

Wicked, Original Elphaba, Idina Menzel, Joe Mantello, Director

Lincoln Center, New York City

42nd Street, (Aug. 1980 – Jan. 1989) Gower Champion, Director

Grand Hotel, Two hits for this title. Not sure which one Emily meant

Passion, Stephen Sondheim, Music and Lyrics, Book and Direction, James Lapine

Titanic (April 1997 – March 1999) Richard Jones, Director, Maury Yeston, Music and Lyrics, Book, Peter Stone

Violet, (April 2014 – Aug. 2014) Leigh Silverman, Director, Jeanine Tesori, Music, Brian Crawley, Lyrics and Book

Joseph Campbell,American mythologist, writer, lecturer

The Fountain Tarot, Written by Jason Gruhl, Art by Andi Todaro 

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, (2021) Brené Brown

Marie Forleo

Pam Grout, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (and Therefore the World)

S.N.O.B: Sunday Night on Broadway

Tina Turner: The Musical

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot Arthur Edward Waite, Author, Pamela Colman Smith, Designs

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist


This episode is brought to you by PodMatch, the dating service for podcasters. They introduced me to Emily McGill, and I’m so glad they did. I hope you’ve enjoyed our conversation and remember that if you have a podcast or something to share with the world, check out PodMatch and tell them Lucinda sent you.


I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at

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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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