It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
— Henry David Thoreau

Emma Workman is a playwright whose passion for theatre is based on a belief that a grass roots, humble version has the ability to reflect, without pretension or judgement, the monumental decisions faced daily by the quiet amongst us.  She believes it is through pared back and enquiring work that greater acknowledgement can be afforded to those who are repeatedly and inadvertently turned away from.

Emma graduated from The University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Performing Arts and co-founded Second Storey Theatre Productions (SSTP) with fellow graduates. Her first professional works, Salmon GUN were produced in SSTP’s debut year. She received a Writer in Residence grant through the Tasmanian Writers Centre and an Emerging Writers grant through Arts TAS to write and direct Leaving with SSTP.

In 2004, living in Melbourne, Emma ran away in a ’78 Bedford van and found herself traveling and working though out Australia. As a Disability Support Worker she worked in aboriginal and islander specific care, mental health, high needs disability care and disability ageing.  These experiences have afforded Emma a chance to glimpse what it is to live with priorities so pervasive that the idea of heading to the theatre is akin to handing a flute to a tree.

Her desire to bridge the many disparate paths she has taken drives Emma to make work that respects those who have shared their stories along the way.

Since moving to Brisbane in 2015, Emma has collaborated with Indelability Arts and continues to work with young people with a disability at Empowered Futures.  She is currently working on a series of six plays under the banner - Let's Speak Of The Unspoken


2016            Let's Speak Of The Unspoken | Yielding | Reading | THAT Production Co. | Ipswich

2016            Let's Speak Of The Unspoken | Thread | Creative Dev. 1wk - Metro Arts | Brisbane

2015            Let's Speak Of The Unspoken | Yielding |  Creative Dev. 1wk - Metro Arts | Brisbane

2014            A or B? | Arete | Dionysus Theatre | Victoria

2013            Someone’s Christmas Day | One Day 10 | Mudlark Theatre | Tasmania

2012            Stay Still | One Day Twice | Mudlark with Junction Arts Festival | Tasmania

                   Requirements | One Day 9 | Mudlark Theatre | Tasmania

2005         The Marinade of Life | One Day 3 | Independent production | Tasmania

                  The Big Things | One Day 3 | Independent production | Tasmania

2004         A Well Worn Path | One Day 1 | Second Storey Theatre Productions | Tasmania

2000         Leaving | Second Storey Theatre Productions | Tasmania

2000         Battery Mary | Reading @ Kelly St Writer's Cottage | Tasmania

1999          GUN | Second Storey Theatre Productions | Tasmania

1998          Salmon | Second Storey Theatre Productions Launch | Tasmania