Emilie Collyer writes plays, fiction, essays and poetry. Her work often asks difficult questions about humanity via the existential, the impossible or the fantastical. Theatre awards and shortlistings of note include: The Good Girl (Winner Best Writer Melbourne Fringe & Green Room Nomination), Dream Home (shortlisted Edward Albee Scholarship and Patrick White Award, seven Green Room Nominations), Promise (Winner George Fairfax Award, Highly Commended Patrick White Award), Argonauta (Winner Young Playwright’s Award).
She has been commissioned by Malthouse, Arena, ABC Radio, Punctum, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Writers Festival and St Martins, been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and a City of Literature Parliament Representative. Emilie received the Malcolm Robertson Prize (Malthouse) for her play Contest and was selected for the inaugural MTC Women in Theatre Program. The Good Girl has played in New York, Hollywood and Florida, Once Were Pirates at Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe. Emilie is currently both a Red Stitch INK writer and a Playwriting Australia Duologue recipient.
Her prose and poetry has won numerous awards including three Scarlet Stiletto crime writing category awards. Publication credits include: The Lifted Brow, Aurealis, Dimension6, Overland, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue, and two fiction collections with Clan Destine Press.
Emilie works as a dramaturg and mentor, most recently as Industry Mentor at Deakin University and University of Melbourne’s Union House Theatre’s Co-writer in Residence. She has served on the Green Room Independent Theatre panel for four years (two as co-chair). Emilie is a graduate of Professional Writing and Editing RMIT and Masters in Writing for Performance VCA, University of Melbourne. She is a founding member of Punctum and New Working Group.
Read Emilie's State of Play essay A BEAUTIFUL MUSCULARITY – THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING TO AN ARTFORM OVER MANY YEARS here
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