Emmanuelle Mattana (she/they) is an actor, writer and maker passionate about telling stories that blend the playful with the political and connect with young queer audiences. Before she cleared up her acne (mostly) and realised she preferred using art than politics to change the world, Emmanuelle was a competitive debater and member of the NSW Combined High Schools Debating Team and has since drawn on these experiences to write her debut play, Trophy Boys.
After two sold out Melbourne indie seasons, the show will return to tour nationally in 2024, including seasons at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Canberra Theatre Centre and Seymour Centre in Sydney. She is a current member of Sydney Theatre Company’s Watershed: Writers Group, Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Emerging Writers Group and was awarded the Equity Foundation Scholarship to study at the Atlantic Acting School in New York. Best known for playing the lead role of Marnie in three seasons of the International Emmy Kids® nominated tween series Mustangs FC (ABCMe), other performance credits include The Messenger (ABC), Surviving Summer (Netflix), Clickbait (Netflix) and Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries (Acorn TV). As a filmmaker, her kids comedy short The Odyssey, was commissioned by The Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Victoria Together, and has since been awarded at festivals internationally, including Best Youth Film at the St Kilda Film Festival