Actor, Action Designer, Instructor 

"Telling stories.  That's what I love.  Finding the heart and the important piece that needs to be shared, whether to bring joy or healing or adventure... yes, that's what I love"  

Recent work - check out What's New with me

Represented by Butler Ruston Bell in Toronto.

Headshots by Dahlia Katz.

Have a listen to my new Commercial Voice Reel thanks to Janice at DemoManiacs.

My work in the news: Ulster American

New York Times              Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award             Scotsman Fringe First Award


The official trailer for Anna and the Apocalypse. I worked as Fight Arranger on this exciting zombie musical!

Wide release by MGM Orion on November 30, 2018.

Premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas Sept 21 - 28,2017 and at the Sitges Festival in Barcelona, Oct 5 - 15, 2017



Oresteia: This Restless House

*** Remounted for the Edinburgh International Festival ***

Aug 22 - 27, 2017

The award winning trilogy by Zinnie Harris, adapted from Aeschylus' The Oresteia. Produced by The Citizen's Theatre and The National Theatre of Scotland, I worked as Fight Director on this production. 


I played the roles of Apemantus and the Senator in Timon of Athens, adapted and directed by Jennifer Dick.

* * * * - "the suspicious philosopher Apemantus is played by fine Canadian actor EmmaClaire Brightlyn, a gender shift which (like Brightlyn's playing of an Athenian senator) is simultaneously modern and timeless... memorable playing by Cooper and Brightlyn." The Sunday Herald - Mark Brown

* * * * - "[Timon's] interplay with Brightlyn as Apemantus is key here. While opposites attracted when Timon was a good time girl, her acquired misanthropy make the pair uncomfortable equals." The Herald - Neil Cooper

Thank you so much to Creative Scotland for your financial support in my attendance at the first ever World Stage Combat Conference in Toronto, Aug 3 - 24, 2016.


“You think you know who I am, what I might become... ”

With the sunrise comes her final day, her final fight.

She chooses, and she may just prove you wrong.

Becoming is a mesmerizing one-act play about a Gladiatrix, written by Kathy McKean and produced by Shiny Productions.
Directed by Jennifer Dick
Performed by EmmaClaire Brightlyn

May 16 and 17, 2016 at Govanhill Baths, 6:30 nightly.




Reviews For EmmaClaire's Performance In Richard II, Bard In The Botanics 2015

* * * * "... bravely rethought version..."                                                  The Scotsman - Joyce McMillan

* * * * " fierce-eyed Lady Bolingbroke (EmmaClaire Brightlyn) is ... a steely warrior driven by honour, not anger. Revealing a tender heart, she makes you wish there had once been a great queen of that name." The Guardian - Mark Fisher

* * * * "... most daringly audacious of reinventions ... "                        The Herald - Neil Cooper