Emily Tomlins

Performing Artist, Teaching Artist

Emily is a theatre maker, collaborator, actor, facilitator and teacher artist.

She is co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the award-winning independent theatre company Elbow Room. Her theatre credits include Niche, We Get It (Elbow Room/Melbourne Theatre Company Neon), The Motion of Light in Water, Now More Than Ever, Fewer Emergencies, As We Mean To Go On, Rule of Three, After All This, A Tiny Chorus and There (Elbow Room), You and Me and the Space Between (Terrapin Puppet Theatre/ Darwin Festival), Cyrano de Bergerac (Sydney Theatre Company), Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Sydney Theatre Company/ La Boite), Hamlet (South Australian State Theatre Company/ Queensland Theatre Company), Constance Drinkwater and the Last Days of Somerset, Puss in Boots, The Woman Before, Far Away, (Queensland Theatre Company), Actors at Work (Bell Shakespeare), Julius Caesar, Operator, Creche & Burn, Urban Dingoes (La Boite Theatre), I Sat and Waited but You Were Gone Too Long (Voice in My Hands), Dream Home (Kerridge/ Collyer/Speakeasy), Kindness (Flight Festival), Tangle, We Built This City, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story), Trailblazer, Drawbridge, Ants, Separation Street, Paper Planet (Polyglot Theatre), M+M (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble), Arden V Arden (The Hayloft Project), The Plague Dances (Four Larks/ Malthouse) and The One (Fire Curtain Theatre Co/Poppyseed Festival).

Emily is currently a member of the Poppy Seed Festival Artistic Panel.

Her film and television credits include: Winners and Losers, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, The Underdog’s Tale, Echo Chamber and the award-winning Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke.

Emily was the recipient of the 2005 MEAA/ Matilda Award for Best Emerging Artist, and in 2006 was part of the Queensland Theatre Company’s Emerging Artist Ensemble.

As a performer and collaborator she received the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Adelaide Fringe Touring Award for There (2008), Melbourne Fringe Festival People’s Choice Award for A Tiny Chorus (2010), Melbourne Fringe Festival Best Performance and Green Room Independent Theatre Best Ensemble for After All This (2011). Emily was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Female Actor for her body of work (2013) and for Dream Home (2015). In 2017 Emily was awarded a Sidney Myer Fellowship.

She has been a proud member of Equity since 2003.

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