Emily grew up in West Sussex, where her love of community music and theatre began as a founding member of Shine Theatre Group, an inclusive theatre company based near her home town of Brighton. Highlights include performing a charity single on GMTV and singing with Katherine Jenkins. Emily was also an active member of Starlite Theatre Company, and performed as a soloist with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra and for the BBC at Chichester Cathedral.
Graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2008, Emily gained a first class degree reading English, Drama and Education. She was awarded the Bundy Scholarship and Education Prize.
Emily went on to study for a Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre (Drama in the Community and Drama Education) at London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, gaining a distinction.
She has participated in, planned and delivered arts education projects in diverse and challenging contexts in London and further afield, including work with Old Vic New Voices and producing numerous learning, participation and training projects at English National Opera, including running the ENO Opera Works training scheme and ENO Opera Squad schools programmes.
Emily co-founded Starling Arts in 2010, and directs and choreographs all of Starling Arts’ choirs, as well as performing with Corvida. She wrote the book and original stories for Starling’s two original musicals Moon (2011) and Return to Aesop (2014) as well as directing and choreographing both productions as part of the annual Starling Arts Summer School. In addition, Emily has directed and choreographed Honk!, Beauty & the Beast, A West End Spectacular, Seussical and Finding Time, the third musical she has written with Anna.
Alongside the thrill of getting groups singing, Emily enjoys dairy-free cooking, long seaside walks, trying new dance styles and admiring big cats.