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Emma started making shows for her mum in her bedroom when she was 6, and won the local Rotary Public Speaking competition when she was 13.  Since then, she has gone on to have two educations.  The first as a graduate of Flinders Drama Centre where she graduated as an actor, and the second as a resident artist with Carte Blanche theatre company in Denmark for 2 years from 2006.  There, she co-developed and performed in 6 of Carte Blanche’s new works, and had an engagement with the well-established Group 38 in Aarhus.  She returned to Australia with the tools to devise her own live performances. 

 

Emma has had the pleasure of creating & performing works with Real TV, Actors for Refugees, Julian Hobba and Elise Hurst in Melbourne, Monkey Baa & Playwriting Australia in Sydney, Glenn Hayden, five point one and Patch in Adelaide.  Emma has a relationship with Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, who developed and  produced Saskia Falls, which had seasons in Adelaide and Brisbane.  This production was directed by Sarah John, whom Emma collaborates with regularly & vigorously on projects both here and overseas.

Emma has worked as an actor on screen with several local filmmakers including Holly Owen & Closer Productions, and was the host for television series Artshow with ABC & the Australia Network. 

 

Emma is a proud founding member of the Australian Bureau of Worthiness, a residency model that creates theatre from interviews conducted with people on the street, asking ‘What makes your day worth it?’  This model has 3 engagements next year. Emma also plays Fatima alongside Stephen Sheehan in Stevl Shefn & His Translator Fatima – a comedy-theatre piece that has won several comedy awards.

 

Emma finds the seemingly banal and everyday endlessly fascinating.  Her own work is often direct address, and montages stories, gestures & physical narratives that are collected from interviews, conversations, confessions and observations with imaginings of everything in between. 

 

Emma has been involved in several processes and productions that have a community focused agenda, and has been a workshop leader for emerging arts companies such as Riverland Youth Theatre, Urban Myth Theatre & Courthouse Arts.  She has also taught acting at a tertiary level overseas.