It is important. Art becomes not only a way of life, but life itself. It allows one to breath deeply.  It allows one to stop hyperventilating. It really does. That is the role of art in life.

Maya Angelou

It is a great privilege, as a Production and Project Manager, to assist artists in realising their creative vision.  

No matter the operational or logistical needs, the technical or safety needs, it begins and ends with the art.  

My role as a Production Manager is to find ways to put the art front and centre,

whilst ensuring a project is delivered safely and successfully. 


Emily has worked extensively in the field of production both locally and internationally, working primarily in theatre, dance, festivals, cultural and corporate events.

Emily was awarded an undergraduate degree from the VCA School of Production in 2002.  She completed a Masters in Arts Management at the University of Melbourne in 2012, an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety in 2019 and is currently undertaking a Masters in Science (Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

She is a co-founder of the production collective, First In Last Out (FILO) and a passionate advocate of emerging practitioners.  In 2020, she was awarded the Victorian Green Room Award for Technical Achievement.  


Emily’s clients, collaborators and projects (current and past) include:   

All the Queens Men, All Tomorrow's Parties, Antony Hamilton, Arena Theatre Co, Auspicious Arts, BalletLAB, Black Lung Theatre & Whaling Co, Chamber Made, Collingwood Children's Farm, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, Feel Presents, Harvest Festival, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Insite Arts, Jodee Mundy, KAGE, Lucy Guerin Inc, Luke George and Collaborators, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Melinda Hetzel & Co, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Nat Cursio Co, Natalie Randall + Hissy Fit, Next Wave, Nicola Gunn, Pavilion, Australia, Peepshow Inc, Playking, Polyglot Theatre, Pony Express, Red Bull, Spinifex Gum, Tamara Saulwick, The Other Art Fair, the Other Film Festival, The Substation, Token Events, Untitled Group, Wheeler Centre, White Night Melbourne and Yirramboi Festival.

Photo: Pia Johnson


My practice focuses on collaborative and innovative management in the areas of:


- Production and Project Management

- Risk and Safety Consultancy

- Event Management

I work across Australia but am based in Collingwood in Melbourne (Naarm).  

The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin nation are the traditional owners of this place and sovereignty was never ceded.  I pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging and pay tribute to all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people who also call this place home.   


If you would like to discuss a project, please get in touch via email

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