Emma Kingsbury has designed extensively for film, television, ballet, theatre and opera. Most recently Emma costume designed Blacklight starring Liam Neeson and directed by Mark Williams (Ozark). Blacklight released in February 2022. In Summer 2021, Emma designed for the HBO Max unscripted TV Series Finding Magic Mike. In 2020, Emma costume designed the Arthouse dance film Wooden Dimes for the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed and directed by Dani Rowe.
Emma’s film credits include The Wolverine, God’s of Egypt, Truth, El Tonto, Dreamworks/Global Creatures How to Train Your Dragon, Childhood’s End, Top of the Lake: China Girl and Legendary Entertainment’s Pacific Rim: Uprising. Emma was costume designer for various productions created by the legendary Australian Artist/ Sculptor Ken Unsworth and the Australian Dance Artists.
In the world of live performance, Emma designed sets and costumes The Firebird for the Texas Ballet and The Crucible for the Scottish Ballet, which won the 2019 UK Theatre Award for Dance and toured North America in 2020. Emma has also designed for a number of American ballet companies including Atlanta Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Smuin Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.
A frequent designer for the LA Philharmonic, Emma has designed five productions for them including artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s concept opera Bliss, Costume Designer for Atlas: An Opera in Three Parts composed by Meredith Monk and John Cage’s Europeras 1&2 at Sony Picture Studios. The latter two operas were directed by the visionary Yuval Sharon.
For Opera Australia in 2019, Emma designed the opera The Ghost Sonata directed by Greg Eldridge. Other operas include Salieri’s Der Rauchfangkehrer for Pinchgut Opera and Ich Habe Genug for Sydney Chamber Opera. Other work includes costume designer for Andy X: The Movie, directed by Jim Sharman, Atomic: The Musical, Sydney/ New York productions, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe touring Australia/ U.K. Emma’s theatre design includes The Tempest, Oedipus Rex, The Winter’s Tale and The House of Bernarda Alba.
Emma is currently designing the new fantasy feature film, Slayer, shooting on location in Queensland, Australia in 2022, produced by Paul Currie and directed by Shane Abbess. She studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia and is a proud member of the Costume Designers Guild – CDG Local 892.