Émilie Charriot first started as an amateur actress at the conservatoire in Montigny-le-Bretonneux. Then, between 2009 and 2012, she was trained in the performing arts at the Manufacture (a drama school in French-speaking Switzerland) in Lausanne. She created the Déserteur theatre company on the side and mostly worked on texts by Eastern European writers like Matei Visniec and Witold Gombrowicz. In Switzerland, she played under the direction of Oskar Gomez Mata, Massimo Furlan and Jean-Louis Hourdin. In 2013, she directed Serenade by Slawomir Mrozek. In 2014, she directed King Kong théorie a stage adaptation of Virginie Despentes’ work. Then she directed Antoine Jaccoud’s le Zoophile and Annie Ernaux’ Passion simple, a trilogy in which she questioned sexual taboos in modern writing.