Emilie Collyer writes plays, fiction, essays and poetry. Her work tries to mash the personal with the socio-political and often has a kind of surreal or absurdist bent. Theatre awards and shortlistings of note include: Contest (winner Green Room award for lighting design), Dream Home (shortlisted Edward Albee Scholarship and Patrick White Award, seven Green Room nominations, winner direction and sound design), The Good Girl (Winner Best Writer Melbourne Fringe and Green Room nomination writing), 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. In 2019 Emilie is both a Red Stitch INK writer and a Playwriting Australia Duologue recipient.
Her prose and poetry have won numerous awards including three Scarlet Stiletto crime writing category awards. She was runner up in the 2019 Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. Recent publication credits include: Witness Performance, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Cordite, Plumwood Mountain, Australian Poetry Anthology, Slippage Lit, The Big Issue, Aurealis, Dimension6, 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 served on the Green Room Independent Theatre panel for four years (two as co-chair) and has judged the VPLA drama award. 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.