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Emma Louise Pursey

Freelance

 

Stats: 5’9”​ / 174cm

Gender: Female

Age Range: 35-45

Hair: Light Auburn / Red

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Eyes: Blue


Base Location: Melbourne, AU
Willing to travel

Memberships: M.E.A.A./Equity

Emma Louise Pursey : Photo by Amelia Julie Dowd 2018
Emma Louise Pursey : Photo by Amelia Julie Dowd 2018
CV, Bio & Headshot
Career Highlights

Emma Louise Pursey has performed regularly on stage and screen nationally and internationally since 1997.

THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • TERMINUS, North of Eight Co.

  • THE PROCESS, John Gauci

  • THE TEMPEST, Melbourne Shakespeare Co.

  • THE MAN OF MODE, Chapel Off Chapel

  • GRIMM TALES, Queensland Theatre Co.

  • OODGEROO, La Boite Theatre Co.

  • ATTACK OF THE ATTACKING ATTACKERS, La Boite Theatre Co.

  • THE TALE OF MACBETH: CROWN OF BLOOD, Frank Theatre Co.

  • OEDIPUS REX, Frank Theatre Co.

  • THE ROMANCE OF ORPHEUS, Frank Theatre Co.

  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S ROMEOS, Frank Theatre Co.

  • DOLL SEVENTEEN, Frank Theatre Co.

  • RASHOMON, Frank Theatre Co.

  • SALOME, Frank Theatre Co.

  • HEAVY METAL HAMLET, Frank Theatre Co.

  • MYRRAH, Diane Cilento

SCREEN HIGHLIGHTS:

  • VCA DIRECTORS MASTERCLASS ACTOR, Nadia Tass

  • PROJECT S.E.E.D., TeePee Studios

  • NEIGHBOURS, Channel 11

  • WINNERS AND LOSERS, Channel 7

  • UNDERBELLY, Channel 9

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • BRISBANE FESTIVAL, The Brides of Frank / Madame Tulalah

  • FRANK THEATRE SHOWCASE for TADASHI SUZUKI, LaBoite Theatre Co.

  • LONDON FESTIVAL, UK, Frank Theatre Co.

  • ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY THEATRE FESTIVAL, Wales, Frank Theatre Co.

  • ADANA INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, TurkeyFrank Theatre Co.

  • EUROPEAN REGIONS FESTIVAL, Czech RepublicFrank Theatre Co.

  • TOGA FESTIVAL, JapanFrank Theatre Co.

  • 6TH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL, CroatiaFrank Theatre Co.

  • NEW TERRITORIES FESTIVAL, Glasgow, Lisa O'Neill

  • ASIA CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL, Osaka, Japan, Lisa O'Neill

  • SHIZUOKA SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL, JapanFrank Theatre Co.

  • 2ND INTERNATIONAL THEATRE OLYMPICS, ShizuokaFrank Theatre Co.

Film Producer

Emma produced and cast short film THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU that won Third Prize at Tropfest 2018, five of the seven Tropfest Craft Awards, Best Film at Port Shorts Film Festival 2018, made Director’s Top Ten Pick’s at Encounter’s Short Film Festival (UK) 2018, Best Short at Peninsula Film Festival 2019, and featured at Glasgow Film Festival 2019. She was also third assistant director on Jordan Giusti’s short, GREVILLEA starring Lucas Pittaway that premiered at the 2020 Berlinale.

Suzuki Teacher: Integrated Actor Training

Emma has over 25 years experience in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and has adapted it into her INTEGRATED ACTOR TRAINING approach to encourage more natural alignments of the body, focusing on safe technique and longevity of practice.

 

She trained for ten years with Frank Theatre under John Nobbs and Jacqui Carroll as well as masterclasses with Okubo Noriaki (Suzuki Company of Toga), Ichiro Nakayama (SCOT) and Ellen Lauren (SITI).

Emma is a core faculty member at 16TH STREET ACTORS STUDIO, and also teaches at THE NATIONAL THEATRE.

She has been an industry guest at Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia, Film & Television Studio International, and NICA.

Training Highlights
  • 2023: 16th STREET ACTORS STUDIO: Ian Rickson & Iain Sinclair: The Actor's Director, Directing Masterclass

  • 2020: 16th STREET ACTORS STUDIO: Ian Rickson: Caryl Churchill Masterclass: Joyce - Top Girls

  • 2019: 16th STREET ACTORS STUDIO: Ian Rickson: Royal Court Retrospective Masterclass: Harper - Far Away, Caryl Churchill

  • 2019: 16th STREET ACTORS STUDIO: Iain Sinclair, MatchFit Pro

  • 2019: HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO: Sarah Hallam

  • 2018: HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO: Marilyn McIntyre

  • 2014: RAMA NICHOLAS: Improvisation

  • 2010-11: MELBOURNE ACTORS LAB: Peter Kalos

  • 2009-12: MELBOURNE ACTING ACADEMY, Casting Director Workshops: Peter Rasmussen, Roger Hodgman, Jonathan Geraghty, Bill Hughes, Paul Weber, Alison Telford, Tom McSweeney, Ben Parkinson & Sue Manger

  • 2009: TOM McSWEENEY Masterclass: Camera Technique

  • 2009: EQUITY CASTING HOTHOUSE: Dina Mann, Christine King, Tom McSweeney, Margery Simkin & Matt Skrobalak

  • 2005-06: THE ACTORS WORKSHOP: Acting for Film and Television

  • 2001: ICHIRO NAKAYAMA: Suzuki Actor Training Method, London

  • 1999: ELLEN LAUREN Masterclass: SITI / SCOT, Shizuoka, Japan

  • 1997-2007: FRANK THEATRE, Suzuki Actor Training Method

Accents
  • Barbara Hastings: US

  • Katherine Beck: US

  • Troy MacKinder: US

  • Helen Howard: UK

  • Amanda La Bonte: UK

  • General US

  • Southern US

  • NY Region US

  • Californian US

  • UK RP

  • UK Estuary

  • UK Cockney

  • Northern Irish

  • Dublin Irish

  • Scottish

Company Director: The Brides of Frank

THE BRIDES OF FRANK theatre ensemble were one of Queensland's foremost independent theatre companies and cultural exports throughout the 2000s.

 

The Brides were Caroline Dunphy, Lisa O'Neill, Emma Louise Pursey, Leah Shelton and Neridah Waters. Collectively they created a new genre of satirical theatre: precision camp. 

Awards

2010     

Dell'Arte Award, OODGEROO (Multiple Roles) Best Supporting Actress,

La Boite Theatre, Director: Sean Mee

1999     

Dell'Arte Award, RASHOMON (The Medium) Best Supporting Actress,

Frank Theatre, Director: Jacqui Carroll

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