Univ Dates: 2005-2009

Degree: BA Classics

Degree Level: Undergraduate

Occupation: Theatre Director

Biography: Emily creates theatre for and with marginalised communities. She is currently in post as Resident Director of the National Theatre having been awarded the inaugural Peter Hall Directing Award. Her directing credits include: Brainstorm (National Theatre), The Kilburn Passion (Tricycle Theatre) and Henry V (Southwark Playhouse, as winner of the Better Bankside Shakespeare Award). She was Assistant Director on Rufus Norris’ recent productions of Everyman and Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre.  Whilst at Univ Emily directed several productions including Alice – Through the Looking Glass at the Oxford Playhouse. She was Co-President of both the Univ Players and the Experimental Theatre Club from 2008-2009. She received the Cawkwell Classics Prize in 2008, and was elected a Scholar in 2007 and 2008. Emily has just had her first baby.


What were your preconceptions of Oxford or Univ before you started here?

Old traditions, beautiful buildings, big brains and perfect lawns…


What do you remember about your first day at Univ?

I remember hoiking all my bags up a tiny staircase, discovering the so-called ‘hobbit door’ next to my room, and having tea with my college Dad.


Was there anyone at Univ who really inspired you?

All my tutors, but particularly James Morauta, who managed to make the big, terrifying philosophical ideas seem accessible and within reach. And Pam, my scout!


Any one outstanding memory from your time at Univ?

No, lots! But the arrival of brownie pudding cups in hall during finals deserves a special mention.


How do you think Univ shaped you?

It gave me formative, life-long friendships. And it gave my brain the biggest workout it’s ever had, before or since – an extraordinary experience and one which taught me as much about myself as it did about my degree.


Did you know what you wanted to do after Univ?

Yes, but only by the time I left. I directed my first play at Univ and spent the rest of my time there realising that that was what I wanted to do.


How important is a project like the Young Univ Gallery?

Very – it’s great for people to know that less ‘conventional’ career choices can be worth pursuing.


How does it feel to be selected to take part in this project?