Emma received the 2010 Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme bursary in association with The Young Vic. She is also a former trainee director of the Orange Tree Theatre.

For Lightbox Theatre she has directed Sam Thompson's anti-sectarian drama, Over the Bridge at the Finborough Theatre, where she also directed St John Ervine's John Ferguson.
She co-directed the promenade community show Battersea Odyssey and her production of The Air Around Us by George Cresswell played at Theatre 503, Omnibus Clapham and community venues.

Other directing includes: Swimming (Theatre 503); 17 (Finborough Theatre and Vibrant Festival), London 2012: Glasgow (Theatre Uncut at the Bussey Building), Christmas The Musical (Battersea Mess and Music Hall), The Scared Ritual of the Nymphs of Natterjack, part of Bush Bazaar (Bush Theatre), Different is Dangerous (Tamasha), After the End (Dundee Rep and Pleasance, Edinburgh), The Miracle (Dundee Rep), Forfeit, What Love Is (Òran Mór and Dundee Rep), The Ruffian on the Stair, Making Good, Absolute Return (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Knives in Hens (St Mary's at BAC). Associate Direction includes Sunshine on Leith (National Tour).

As Assistant Director, she has assisted Alan Ayckbourn on Taking Steps as well as Sleeping Beauty and A Doll’s House (Dundee Rep), and Alison’s House, Spring Shakespeare, The Lady or the Tiger and The Ring of Truth (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond). Emma is committed to the development and discovery of new writing and is also a regular script reader for the National Theatre of Scotland.


“Urgent … and so well performed that it should not be missed”
★★★★★ Five Stars, WhatsOnStage on After the End

“Dennis Kelly’s script is realized skillfully here … an absorbing and sharply delivered exploration of human behaviour pushed to extremes”
★★★★ Four Stars, The Independent on After the End

"Emma Faulkner's sensitive direction ... Be sure to see this dark comedy"
UK Theatre Network on 17

“A tense intriguing debate … immaculately performed” ★★★★ Four Stars, The Scotsman on Forfeit

“A pleasure… Faulkner has polished it up nicely, too...sustaining the serio-comic mood right up to the hilariously blithe, cynical ending.”
★★★★ Four Stars, The Times on The Ruffian on the Stair