Emilie Collyer writes plays, fiction and essays. Her work often asks difficult questions about humanity, social structures and power that via the existential, the impossible or the fantastical.
Theatre awards and shortlistings of note include: The Good Girl (Winner Best Writer Melbourne Fringe 2013 & Green Room Nomination 2013), Dream Home (shortlisted Edward Albee Scholarship 2012 and Patrick White Award 2013, seven Green Room Nominations 2015), Promise (Winner George Fairfax Award 2000, Highly Commended Patrick White Award 2000), Argonauta (Winner Young Playwright’s Award 1997).
Commissions include: Malthouse, Arena, ABC Radio, Punctum Inc, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Writers Festival and St Martins. Emilie received the 2016 Malcolm Robertson Prize (Malthouse) for her play Contest and was selected for the inaugural MTC Women in Theatre Program 2016. The Good Girl had its US Premiere in New York in 2016. In 2017 Emilie had plays on at both Hollywood Fringe (The Good Girl) and Edinburgh Fringe (Once Were Pirates).
Published work includes The Lifted Brow, Aurealis, Overland, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue, Allegory (USA), Cosmic Vegetable (USA), and two fiction collections with Clan Destine Press. Her prose and poetry has won numerous awards including three Scarlet Stiletto crime writing awards.
Emilie works as a dramaturg and mentor, most recently as University of Melbourne’s Union House Theatre’s Co-writer in Residence and Industry Mentor at Deakin University. Emilie is a graduate of Professional Writing and Editing RMIT and Masters in Writing for Performance Victorian College of the Arts.