Emily Duncan

Emily Duncan is a Dunedin, New Zealand-based writer, actor and director.

Duncan’s early one-act play Lips, which takes the form of a series of monologues in which a self-harming teenager gradually accepts her situation, was runner-up in the New Zealand Young Playwrights’ Competition in 1999. This was followed with a poetic examination of the Anglo-Caribbean 19th century slave trade, Sweet Meats (Dunedin Fringe 2004). Duncan’s full-length drama Palliative Care dealt with the timely issue of war veterans and their relationships with their families, and premiered in the 2008 Otago Festival of the Arts.

Duncan has won Write Out Loud Dunedin three times with Palliative Care (2006), Water Baby (2007), and Southern Comfort (2010). She has worked with such significant national and international dramaturgs as British playwright Simon Stephens (2006, Palliative Care) and Literary Manager at Christchurch’s Court Theatre, Elizabeth O’Connor (2008, Water Baby).

In 2013 her play Eloise In The Middle won Playmarket’s Plays For The Young competition, and in 2014 she was runner-up in the same competition with Le Sujet Parle: And Then He Shot Me. Her one-act play When You Were Mine premiered at Allan Hall Theatre in 2015. Her script Shaken was accepted into the Short + Sweet Sydney Festival in December 2015.

Duncan has been commissioned to write Fallen Angels for the 2017 Young and Hungry Festival.

In addition to playwriting, Duncan has trained as an actor at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, NY (1996-1997) and the RADA summer school (1997).

Emily is represented by Playmarket: