A set and costume designer based in Melbourne with a background in interior architectural design and dance, whose practice comprises theatre, dance, performance art, film, television, costume research and education.
Emily’s recent works include A Little Night Music (Geelong Performing Arts Centre, National Theatre and Whitehorse Centre 2018), Cuckoo (Unknown Union 2017), Niche (Northcote Town Hall 2017), The Yellow Wave (Poppyseed Festival 2015, Butterfly Club 2016), Middletown (Red Stitch, 2015), Dream Home (Speak Easy at Northcote Town Hall 2015), Eurydice (Red Stitch 2014) and Motherf***er: A True Love Story (Fringe Festival at La Mama 2014). She was nominated for a 2016 Green Room Award for best set and costume design for Dream Home.
In 2004 she completed a degree in interior design at RMIT before undertaking a postgraduate diploma at The Victorian College of the Arts in set and costume design in 2007, and is currently a PhD candidate at VCA where she is researching the topic of costume as a cultural marker, and more specifically how the history of Australian costume for performance intersects with Australia's developing national identity.
Emily participated in the Malthouse Besen Family Artist Program in 2017 with a costume placement on The Black Rider with designer Zoe Atkinson. She was selected as the 2016 set and costume design candidate in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre program with Christina Smith as her mentor, and has previously undertaken a mentorship with Hugh Colman as part of the JUMP Mentorship program. She was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart grant in 2010, and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant in 2013 which allowed her to spend 3.5 months in Europe working in the costume department at the Royal Opera House in London, participating in workshops at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, attending a costume design conference in Belgium and researching costume and textiles across France. She also spent a week on secondment with Lucy Guerin Inc. in Melbourne, observing their development process for Motion Picture.
A move to London in 2011 saw Emily working for Donatella Barbieri, Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum and London College of Fashion, where she assisted with Donatella’s research into costume for performance working on various projects and publications such as Encounters in the Archive.
Since 2007 Emily has been a member of the founding committee for The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship, and has given talks about her work and conducted design workshops with secondary school students at numerous schools across Melbourne. In 2015 and 2016 she tutored the VCA winter elective Design and the Moving Image, and is currently tutoring undergraduate and masters students in the School of Production. She has also worked with costume designer Marion Boyce since 2014, assisting in the costume department on the feature film The Dressmaker and working on various projects including the touring costume exhibitions for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and The Dressmaker.
Emily is currently designing Whale by Fleur Kilpatrick which will appear at Northcote Town Hall, and will open Monash University’s new Sound Gallery, in May 2019.