LILY NEWBURY-FREEMAN

 

I am an actor and producer who has been involved in theatre for twenty years. My passion for the performing arts is the driving force behind creating NewPlay Productions with the creative, dedicated and inspirational Emma Playfair. 

Originally for Australia I completed a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Being a dual citizen, London is very much home for me, and I'm excited to create beautiful collaborations and productions in this creative hub. It is a great privilege to have found a job that inspires and fulfils me. I am also a voice and acting coach, and I believe that we should never stop playing, and never stop learning. 

Theatre: The Vaults: Airswimming. Edinburgh Fringe/Cicada Studios: Miss Sarah. The Griffin Theatre: On the Shore of the Wide World. Playwriting Australia: Mortido, Samson. The Old 505: Kill the PM. National Institute of Dramatic Art: Trojan Women, The Story of the Red Mountains, Cloud Nine, Hinterland. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts: Heart of Gold. Blue Room Theatre: Antigone/Antagone, Frankenstein, The Stratagem of Interlocking Rings. Adelaide Fringe Festival/Renegade Productions: Antigone/Antagone, Frankenstein. Television: Arrow Media: Devils in Disguise. Training: National Institute of Dramatic Art (Acting). Awards: Sydney Theatre Awards 2014: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nomination). 


EMMA PLAYFAIR

From and early age, I showed many signs of a potential power complex when it came to performance, by forcing my siblings to perform Spice Girls covers on a weekly basis to slightly stunned parents. 

While practising as an Occupational Therapist in an Aged Care  Rehabilitation ward, my love for stories grew. I found myself spending more time listening to patients' stories and observing their behaviours to repeat in acting classes later that night, and soon realised it was time to start living my own life's story. Shortly after, I was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia's leading theatrical training institute. 

Since graduating from NIDA in 2013, I have spent my time pursuing the foundations of a career in Sydney, work-shopping plays with theatre makers, performing on stage, and furthering my skills in screen. This year my sights have shifted to the London Theatre District, where I plan to continue collaborating with my talented co-founded, Lily Newbury-Freeman, and of course High Tea with the Queen. 

Theatre: The Vaults: Airswimming. Short N Sweet Sydney: Manstruating. NIDA Director Season: Hunger. National Institute of Dramatic Art: Trojan Women, Sunday in the Park with George, A Lie of the Mind, Sucking Dublin. Television: Home and Away: Nurse Samantha. Training: National Institute of Dramatic Art (Acting). Awards: Winner of Best Actress of 2016 Short N Sweet.