About

Emilia works as theatre director, playwright and film maker. Since 2011 she is Artistic Director at Odd Eyes Theatre.

Her more recent writing work in progress includes On the Line, the story developed with young people from Camden about two best friends spending a Kardashian-like day at the villa of their super rich school mates. In 2019 she wrote   White Other, a surrealist play inspired by Pygmalion, by G.B. Shaw, after she directed the original for a three week run in London. The production was one big tick off her bucket list as it was an old dream of hers to direct this classic masterpiece. Her  play  #Haters toured twice in 2015 and 2017 before being adapted for screen. As well as being Assistant Director to Adrian Jackson on Cathy, Emilia’s work includes writing and developing Close Up, a new play about a raunchy 92-year-old ex-showgirl and a young woman aspiring TV director.

Previous roles as director include Cooking with Elvis by Lee Hall at Theatro Technis,  Content, by Hannah Puddefoot, at Theatre503. Her freelance credits include UK collaborations with Cardboard Citizens as assistant director to Adrian Jackson on Cathy and with Vital Xpsoure as Assistant Director and dramaturg on Hold the Hearse! by Julie McNamara alongside Terry Galloway.

Emilia’s film work spans from short films to music videos and documentaries. The adaptation of her play #Haters has been screening in art venues and schools since 2018. Her latest short documentary projects with young people include Connected and Community Action in Action. For some of her work with migrants, watch Conversation Club. She edited Hackney Shed’s film Find a Partner, as part of National Youth Theatre Festival 2021. Both the ESOL project and Find a Partner were completely filmed on zoom during lockdown. Emilia also directed the music video for ‘Una Saeva Walk Side by Side, filmed during the Xtinction Rebellion protests of 2019. Her new music video for ‘Una’s song Come Alive is currently being filmed in London.

Gilly Daniels and Andrew Goddard. Close Up R&D 2018 Photo: David Sprecher

Emilia is invited Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and at London Metropolitan University where teaching Dramaturgy, Playwriting and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. As a facilitator she has worked at the Roundhouse, Hoxton Hall, Midkent College, Cardboard Citizens,  Tyatro Barbone and secondary schools and universities in UK, Italy and Turkey. She devised and directed over 15 plays including Forum Theatre plays and 70 minute long plays Location, Location,   recipient of the Unlimited Big Local Award 2013, and How Can I Help?

Before getting into directing, Emilia trained as an actor in Italy with Beatrice Bracco (Teatro Blu), Lucia Panaro (Accademia SIlvio D’Amico), Tenerezza Fattore (Cassiopea Teatro). In the UK she trained with Augusto Boal and Adrian Jackson in Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies including Forum Theatre and Rainbow of Desire techniques. She worked as a performer and solo artist until 2008 when she toured UK festivals with Punchline, a farcical physical theatre performance that subverted gender stereotypes.

Theatre work includes #HatersLocation Location (site-specific at Mostart and Stour Space, 2013), How Can I Help? (Chats Palace, 2012). Family Album (Tyatro Barbone, Istanbul, 2012), Miss ArgentinaSketches of MadnessDreams (Cardboard Citizens 2007),  Things (read at Arcola, 2006), Punchline (2008), forum theatre plays Mira’s MazeBut…Uno, due, tre stella (ISCaD), A Ridge Too Far (Cardboard Citizens, 2001) and the short film The Issue of the Violin (Gate Theatre, 2000)

Emilia’s theatre work and teaching practice focuses on the dynamics of intra-cultural communication and on its surrealist, often comical by-products.  Her mission is to use theatre as creative communication medium for people from all countries and walks of life and to facilitate international performers’ development across borders.

Here is a complete list of Emilia’s writing and directing work.