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Emma is an award winning freelance lighting designer who works across theatre, musicals and opera both internationally and within the UK.  She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she was winner of the Douglas Morris Award for Touring.  Recent projects include Cardboard Citizens new musical 'The Ruff, Tuff, Cream Puff Estate Agency' presented at the Belgrade, Coventry and 'Beauty and the Beast' at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

With Lucy Osborne and Howard Eaton, Emma designed and realised The Stage Awards 'Theatre Building of the Year 2015' - Roundabout commissioned by Paines Plough.  Following her work on Roundabout Emma became a founding member of studio three sixty. 

Notable projects with studio three sixty include: the pop-up multipurpose performance venue The Mix; co-leading the strategic planning, project management and delivery of the Public Art Scheme for Theatr Clwyd (RIBA Stage 4) and designing the lighting panels for The Point in Eastleigh.  

Between 2016 - 2019 alongside her lighting career, Emma worked part time as a Theatre Consultant at Charcoalblue, building her skills as a project manager.  Projects included: Team Lead for the refurbishment of Theatr Clwyd RIBA Stage 1 to 3; Team Lead and Auditorium Planning for Chelsea Theatre; Stagelighting Designer for the new Boulevard Theatre.  

She is a founding member of the Association of Lighting Designer’s Wellbeing Group as well as the newly formed AAPTLE's wellbeing group.  She is a passionate advocate for reducing the stigma around mental health.  


Image from COSI FAN TUTTE, Directed by Lee Blakeley,

Photograph by Chris Christodoulou

Upcoming Productions

PARADIS FILES | Director: Jenny Sealey | 2022

Graeae Theatre Company

THE LION | Director: Alex Stenhouse and Sean Daniels | 2022

Danielle Tarento in association with Arizona Theatre Company

Southwark Playhouse

THE MIRROR CRACK'D | Director: Philip Franks | 2022

Original Theatre Company Tour

Selected Opera + Musical Credits


Cardboard Citizens / Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

GHOST QUARTET | Director: Bill Buckhurst 

Boulevard Theatre, Soho

KISS ME KATE | Director: Lee Blakeley 

Chatelet Theatre, Paris / Theatre du Luxembourg / Oper Graz

IL TURCO IN ITALIA | Director: Lee Blakeley 

Angers/Nantes Opera/ Theatre du Luxembourg 

XERSES | Director: Stefan Janski 


COSI FAN TUTTE | Director: Lee Blakeley 

Royal College of Music

CARMEN | Director: Stefan Janski 

Royal Northern College of Music

THE PIED PIPER | Director: Olivia Fuchs 

Opera North, UK Tour

Selected Theatre Credits

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | Director: Lucy Morrell 

Rose Theatre, Kingston

ROSENBAUM'S RESCUE | Director: Kate Fahy

Park Theatre, London

UTILITY| Director: Caitlin McLeod

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond


Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Theatre Clwyd, Mold

JOANNE | Director: Roisin McBrinn

Clean Break Theatre Company / Other Place RSC

THE HUMAN EAR | Director: George Perrin 

LUNGS | Director: George Perrin

THE INITIATE | Director: George Perrin

OUR TEACHER'S A TROLL | Director: George Perrin

Paines Plough's Roundabout


Young Vic Theatre

DONKEY'S YEARS | Director: Lisa Spirling

Rose Theatre, Kingston

THE PLANET AND STUFF | Director: Lucy Kerbel

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

HOLES | Director: Philip Breen

Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh

PARALLEL HAMLET | Director: Rachel Bagshaw

Young Vic Theatre

THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN | Director: James Grieve

Paines Plough

LUNGS | Director: Richard Wilson

Paines Plough

ONE DAY WHEN WE WERE YOUNG | Director: Clare Lizzimore

Paines Plough

ROSE | Director: Abbey Wright

Pleasance Theatre

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER | Director: Geoff Bullen

Vanbrugh Studio, RADA

SEX WITH A STRANGER | Director: Philip Breen

Trafalgar Studios

THE SEA PLAYS | Director: Ken Hoyt

Old Vic Tunnels

DUBLIN CAROL | Director: Abbey Wright

Donmar at Trafalgar Studios

LAKEBOAT / PRAIRIE DU CHIEN | Director: Abbey Wright

New Arcola Theatre

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