Emily Lim

Emily Lim Portrait


Emily is a theatre director who specialises in creating community work and working with non-professional performers. She is currently developing work for the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill and the National Theatre. 

Upcoming work includes: PERICLES (National Theatre).

Emily was Lead Associate Director for the 1418 Now/National Theatre/Birmingham Rep country-wide project WE’RE HERE BECAUSE WE’RE HERE conceived by artist Jeremy Deller: https://becausewearehere.co.uk/ 

Recent directing credits include: BRAINSTORM (National Theatre and Park Theatre, as co-director for Islington Community Theatre); WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Ambassadors Theatre, for National Youth Theatre); A DECLARATION FROM THE PEOPLE (National Theatre); THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN (AND OTHER STORIES), THE KILBURN PASSION, THE WARDROBE (Tricycle Theatre); ANOTHER FINE MESS (Bristol Old Vic Studio) and HENRY V (Southwark Playhouse). 

Emily works extensively in community settings and has designed and delivered projects for companies including the Royal Court, National Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Chickenshed, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Epic Arts and Synergy. 

Emily is an Associate Artist of Islington Community Theatre and was Young Company Director of the Tricycle Theatre from 2013 - 2014.

She was winner of the Better Bankside Shakespeare Award 2010 and runner up of the JMK Director’s Award 2015. She trained on the National Theatre’s Directors’ Course in 2013 and was Staff Director on Rufus Norris’ productions of BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS and EVERYMAN (Olivier Theatre).

Emily became Resident Director at the National Theatre as recipient of the inaugural Peter Hall Award in 2016.