Emma is a writer and theatre director with over twenty years’ experience. She creates performances for diverse audiences working collaboratively across art forms. Her roles range from Director, facilitator dramaturge and writer. She has regular co-created shows with: Opposable thumbs (“Big Boys Don’t Cry“), Pickled Image (“Wolf Tales”, “Shop of Little Horrors“, and “Woodland Tales”), Green Ginger ("Intronauts”), and Vic Llewelyn & Kid Carpet (“The Castle Builder“ and “A Little Death”). Touring productions include “Baba’s Song” by In Our Hands and “We are Lightning" by Sam Halmarack and Joseph O’Farrell. She has directed in house productions for The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bath Theatre Royal, and The Bristol Old Vic. She has developed outdoor performances for Activate, Strike A light, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Dorset Wildlife Trust and National Theatre of Wales. She recently directed the two-month sell out production “MDH: Puppets do a Movie" at the Wardrobe Theatre.
HER WRITING CREDITS INCLUDE:
The Desert Daydreamer
With Royal Welsh College of Music and drama. Adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story "Innocent Erendira" and Other Stories for large-scale outdoor puppetry performance in Dyfrnn gardens.
The Snow Queen and Pinocchio
With Strike a Light. Christmas productions performed at Gloucester guildshall and Quackers friars.
The Kings for Popelie Theatre company.
The Butterfly Lady for Dorset AONB.
The Kingcombes Travelling Show for Dorset Wildlife trust.
She is passionate about scripts that respond to physical locations and historical narratives.
The Wicked Girls
Writer in residence for A Poetic City at Red Lodge Museum
A Poetic City is a multi-partner, city-wide programme led by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. In September 2020 Emma worked at The Red lodge Museum as writer-in-residence . She researched the lives of girls that attended Mary Carpenters reform school in the late 1800’s. This Culminated in a podcast The Wicked Girls of Red Lodge.
The work is now being developed into a full-length production. The initial stages of this have been supported by Hawkwood College and The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust”.
Emma spent 9 years directing large-scale productions for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was in charge of a cast of over thirty 1 and 2nd year undergraduate students from multiple departments and a team of 6 professional theatre makers, designers and production managers.
She worked part-time at Bristol City College as a visiting lecturer on the FdA Theatre media performance course. Her role consisted of constructed planned and delivered lessons focusing on, directing, text, voice and movement technics, theatre space, multi-media performance, audition skills and clowning. In addition she used my background in outdoor arts, puppetry and site specific performance to deliver bespoke sessions on devising new work in these areas.
She has directed performances for Bath Spa University working with 3rd year undergraduates on their final performance. She has delivered one to one tutorials with Ma Students and a range of lecturers on Michael Chekov techniques and contemporary puppetry practices. She has run masterclasses on directing, devising, and auditioning techniques at UWE
She worked at Theatre Bristol as an artist support associate and has a comprehensive knowledge of the landscape of live performance in the Southwest. She has been able to offer this as an additional resource to students enabling training and volunteer opportunities and an insight to initiatives and funding strands available for emerging artists.