A native of Derry, Emer has been living and working in Dublin most of her adult life. She is an honours graduate of Trinity College and also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education from Queen’s University Belfast. She holds both Associate and Licentiate Teaching Diplomas in Speech and Drama from the Royal Irish Academy.
After a highly successful career in public relations in earlier years, Emer felt compelled to return to her first love – namely teaching. In this capacity, she has taught hundreds of children and young adults speech and drama both as an in-school drama teacher and in her own drama school. She has produced and directed countless student shows, plays and musicals, delighting in each and every one and the confidence and joy that performance gives to the young. Emer also founded Boolabus Youth Theatre and is a regular facilitator with youth groups. She is an examiner with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama and a member and past board member of the Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland.
In addition to her teaching work, Emer has spent many years performing and directing with the award-winning Dalkey Players. In recent times, she has moved into the professional arena, a development which has seen her work with, among others, Deilg Inis Theatre Company, Fortune’s Fools Productions, Samuel Beckett Debut Festival and Umbrella Theatre. She has also appeared in Scúp (TG4/BBC NI) and in a number of short films including Jade and Old Romantics. She is also a VO artist with experience in documentary and commercial productions.
Emer has just completed a 2 year programme in Advanced Acting with Joerg Andrees of the Michael Chekhov International Academy. She is also a qualified facilitator of the Michael Chekhov Technique and Convenor of the Michael Chekhov Studio Dublin.