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Emma Lynne Harley


Theatre Maker

A Scottish theatre maker who has worked professionally across Scotland, the UK and internationally. I make exciting new work as a performer, cabaret artist, director, writer, stage manager, and more.

Take a look around my site to learn more about me and my work. If you have any questions, or would like to collaborate together on a project, please get in touch!

Links to my CVs can be found at the top of the page.

Photo by Nathan McGregor


About Me / About My Work

I am an incredibly versatile, creative, and reliable theatre professional. As a working class, queer theatre maker I have forged a multi-faceted approach to my practice, meaning I have a large variety of applicable and transferable skills that have allowed me to work continuously in theatre since 2017.

I graduated from Queen Margaret University's Drama and Performance course with a 1st Class honours degree from their BA Drama and Performance course in 2016. I then became the first ever Scottish student to study at the National Theater Institute at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in the USA.

My career and work ethic is driven by an absolute passion and commitment to theatre as an artform. I apply the same level of dedication and care towards every creative project I'm involved with, regardless of the role I fulfil - from acting, to directing, to stage management and tech.

As a maker and director I make semi-autobiographical, verbatim, and genre bending theatre about under-told stories. By blending theatre with other genres that discuss socio-political issues, I hope to encourage, and make easier, difficult conversations that otherwise might not have happened.

“this piece comes more recommended than most [thanks to] the confident way Harley’s script treads through the tricky subject matter” – David Pollock for the Scotsman on Sex, Drugs and a Cup of Tea, 2018 

Shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Awards – Best new production and Bright Spark Award (Director), Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 for Irrelevant.

“A true testament to the quality of work our next generation of artists can offer.” – Edinburgh Student Arts Festival on Daniel Sinclair (Director), 2015

pictured - Rebecca Orr and Alison Brown in "Sex, Drugs, and a Cup of Tea"



If you have any questions about me, my work, would like to collaborate, or just want to start a conversation, please drop me an email or fill out this handy wee form.

Speak soon!

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