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Emily O'Brien - Director

Emily O’Brien is a Risk and Safety Consultant and Project/Production Manager based in naarm (Melbourne). She has worked extensively across the fields of theatre, dance, cultural events, corporate events, live arts and festivals.


With a Master of Science in Crowd Safety & Risk Analysis from Manchester Metropolitan University (2022), a Master of Arts Management from the University of Melbourne (2012), an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety - Emergency Management (2019) and a Certified Practising Risk Manager (CRPM) qualification, combined with twenty years experience as a practising Production and Risk Manager with First In Last Out, Emily is perfectly placed to assist clients in developing new risk, safety and project delivery ecologies for their projects and organisations.

Emily has delivered risk and safety planning and operations for clients and projects including: ACMI, City of Hobson's Bay, City of Maribyrnong, City of Melbourne, City of Merri-bek, City of Port Phillip, Collingwood Yards, Live Nation, Flash Forward, Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Museum, Music Victoria, the National Film and Sound Archive, Next Wave, Pavilion Australia, Rising, Seeker Agency, South Gippsland Shire Council, St Jerome's Laneway Festival, The Other Art Fair and Yirramboi, among others.

She has delivered production, event and operations management (inclusive of project-based risk and safety planning) for clients and projects including: All the Queens Men, All Tomorrow's Parties, Antony Hamilton, Arena Theatre Co, Auspicious Arts, BalletLAB, Black Lung Theatre & Whaling Co, Chamber Made, City of Darebin, City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip, Collingwood Yards, Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, Dark Mofo, Feel Presents, Harvest Festival, Ilbijerri Theatre Company, Insite Arts, Jodee Mundy, Lucy Guerin Inc, Luke George, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Melinda Hetzel & Co, MONA FOMA, Nat Cursio Co, Natalie Randall + Hissy Fit, Next Wave, Nicola Gunn, Peepshow Inc, Playking, Polyglot Theatre, Pony Express, Spinifex Gum, Stephanie Lake Company, Tamara Saulwick, The Other Art Fair, the Other Film Festival, The Substation, The Wheeler Centre, Token Events, White Night Melbourne and Yirramboi, among others.

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