Emily O’Brien has worked extensively in the field of production and operations both locally and internationally, working primarily in the performing arts, festivals, cultural and corporate events.


Emily completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at the VCA School of Production in 2002 and completed a Master of Arts Management degree at the University of Melbourne in 2012.  She has undertaken additional training and study specifically in safety and risk management and completed an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management) in 2019.  She is currently studying for her Master of Science in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis at the University of Metropolitan Manchester.


Emily is a founding member of the production collective, First In Last Out together with Paul Lim, Glenn Dulihanty, James Lipari and Alice Fleming.


Emily O’Brien has worked primarily in Project, Production & Stage Management across a wide spectrum of live arts, performing arts and cultural events, with clients and projects (past and present) including; 

All Tomorrow's Parties, All the Queens Men, Antony HamiltonAphids, Arts Access VictoriaArena Theatre Co, Auspicious Arts, BalletLAB, Barkly Arts Centre, Black Lung Theatre & Whaling Co, Boogie Festival, Comedy@Trades, Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival (Melbourne 2006), DancenorthDaniel Schlusser Ensemble, Do LecturesEasy Tiger Smith St, Fed Square, Feel Presents, Film Victoria, Four Winds Festival, Harley Davidson Australia, Harvest Festival, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Insite Arts, James BrennanKAGE, Lucy Guerin Inc, Luke GeorgeMadeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Salami Festa, Melinda Hetzel & Co, Mixitup, MONA Museum of Old and New Art (Dark Mofo and MONA FOMA), Nat Cursio Co, Nat RandallNext Wave, Nicola GunnOz Comic Con, Peepshow Inc, Polyglot Theatre, Pony ExpressSans Hotel, Spicks & Specktacular – The Finale, Spinifex Gumthe Substation, Tamara Saulwickthe Eleventh Hour Theatre, the Wheeler Centre, the Other Film Festival, the Village Festival, Token Events,  the University of Melbourne and Westside Circus, amongst others.

Photo: Pia Johnson


Emily's practice focuses on collaborative and innovative management in the areas of:


- Production Management


- Project Management


- Stage Management


- Events Management


- Consultancy (business practice, safety and risk management)


- Documentation (all project related, production, technical and safety documentation)


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