Emily trained at Edinburgh College of Art and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She was a finalist for the 1997 Linbury Prize for Stage Design and was also awarded a one-year Design Bursary at the Royal Exchange Theatre. She has worked across the UK for such companies as Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bristol Old Vic, Traverse Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Hampstead Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Recent work includes Factor 9 (Dogstar), Jumping Puddles (Frantic Assembly/Open Clasp) and The Soaking of Vera Shrimp (Live Theatre, Newcastle).
Her work encompasses many genres from new writing to classics, musicals, opera and dance. Outside the UK her designs have been seen in Sweden, Denmark and the USA.