Emily Parsley grew up in Latchingdon near Maldon in Essex. Working as a freelance Technician and Relighter her work has taken her to the Cliff’s Pavillion, Barbican, Roundhouse, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Stratford East and The Royal Opera House Covent Garden amongst various regional Theatres and international venues. She studied Technical Theatre and Dance Performance gaining a 1st Class BA honors degree.

Emily joined the Playhouse team in 2009 as a Lighting Technician. Gaining experience in most technical disciplines over the years Emily favours her design work and has enjoyed designing lighting for numerous productions; in recent years, for Harlow Ballet Association; Snow White (2014) The Nutcracker (2015) Coppélia (2016) Giselle (2017), Harlow Playhouse; Dick Whittington (2013), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2015), Beauty and The Beast (2016), The Great Christmas Sleigh Ride (2018), The Great Christmas Cake Off (2019) and for the KD Theatre tours; Wind In The Willows (2018) and Alice in Wonderland (2019).

She progressed into Managing the Technical department in 2014 and took on her current role as Technical and Projects Manager in 2018. Under Emily’s management Harlow Playhouse has undergone various improvements whether that be behind the scenes; with a power and data infrastructure overhaul, an artistic injection to dressing rooms and an improvement to fire safety or Front of House with digital displays, new branded entrance way and refurbished customer toilets.

Emily is constantly looking to better the Playhouse in its delivery of service and provision of facilities for the benefit of the Harlow Playhouse family; colleagues, resident companies and the wider community.


February – Teechers – this is a thoroughly entertaining play and is being performed by a talented cast.

March – Hip Hop Pop Showcase – Hip Hop Pop never fail to impress with their intricate choreography and well thought out productions.

April – The Russian State Opera – Aida – The Russian State Opera always provide a high standard of production; nothing beats a live orchestra.

May – Afternoon Glee – Fanny Galore is an absolute hoot. Fun, frivolities and fizz is the call of the day! What’s not to love.

June – Barbican Box Theatre – This wonderful programme gives schools a wonderful opportunity to work with world class artists exploring the creative process. It’s brilliant that Harlow Playhouse can be a part of this scheme. 

July – The Live Lounge – part of the on-going programme of Live Lounge events these continually prove to be an entertaining way to spend the evening.