Lucy is the founder and Artistic Director of New Ghosts Theatre Company and specialises in the development and presentation of new theatrical works. In 2018 Lucy establishing the IGNITE Collective, a team of 30 professional, female theatre artists, who create and present new Australian works on an annual basis. In December 2019, Lucy directed IGNITE Collective’s debut work Blue Christmas, which included two brand new plays by local playwrights Katy Warner and Gretel Vella. IGNITE Collective currently has four new works in development across Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin.
Lucy has directed a wide range of new Australian and international scripts, many of which have enjoyed long lives touring across both Perth and Sydney. Her work has acquired wide industry praise, being noted by critics as “faultless”, “unforgettable”, “a masterpiece” and as an “artistic stand out … with no parallel in its field”.
Lucy is a graduate of WAAPA, where she trained extensively in performance, devising, playwriting and directing. She has also studied at the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in Singapore. While her main practise is now directing, Lucy’s career includes a long history in playwriting and performance. Lucy has enjoyed teaching regular classes at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) since 2016, and looks forward to making her ATYP directing debut with Lights in the Park by Alexander Lee-Rekers in 2021.
Emma Wright is a Bond University graduate with a Bachelor of Film and Television (2015), and a Diploma from The Actors Studio London (2018). She is also Co-Founder of Eye Contact Theatre Company for which she writes, produces and performs. As a performer, she has been noted by critics as “commanding” (The Buzz), “technically accomplished” and “emotionally rich” (Suzy Goes See), and with an “energy and mastery that holds the audience completely in her thrall” (AltMedia). For her performance as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Sydney Morning Herald wrote “her physical acting is so good that we see the barest shiver of tension electrify her body… if you love the play, go and see Emma Wright’s Eliza”.
Other notable performances include Blue Christmas (Kings Cross Theatre), Hitler’s Daughter (Monkey Baa, East Coast of Australia tour), Intersection: Arrival (ATYP/Griffin Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest and Much Ado About Nothing (Genesian Theatre). Her screen performances include Lena Penn in Harrow, Hannah in Mako Mermaids, and short films Can You Dig It and Audio Guide – for which she won Best Actress at the 2019 SciFi Film Festival.
In 2019 Emma made her playwriting debut with Hairworm, which premiered at the Old 505 Theatre and was produced by Eye Contact Theatre Company. In 2017 her award-winning short film Anchor (writer/director) featured in ABC’s Grad Season on iView, having screened at fourteen film festivals internationally. She has taught drama to young people at ATYP for three years.