Emily Aboud is a theatre director, a film director and a writer of mixed heritage, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, based in London.
She won the Evening Standard Future Theatre Award in 2021. She is an associate artist at the Bush Theatre and Artistic Director of Lagahoo Productions.
Most recently, she was shortlisted for the 2023 Peter Hall Award.She was in the final round for the Genesis Fellow Associate Director at the Young Vic. She was shortlisted for the JMK Award 2021 and again in 2022. She was also shortlisted for the Genesis Future Directors Award and the Old Vic 12 2020.
Her directing credits include Lady Dealer (Paines Plough Roundabout), Flip! (Regional Tour with Fuel Theatre), Close Quarters (LAMDA, 2023), BOGEYMAN (Edinburgh Queen Dome, Fringe 2022), SPLINTERED, (also writer Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Soho Theatre 2023), Pink Lemonade (Bush Theatre 2021, Edinburgh Fringe 2019), The Fairytale Revolution (Theatre503), British Book (Roundhouse 2021), BOGEYMAN (CPT, 2021) Exceptional Promise (Bush Theatre), Salty Irina (Ovalhouse), What We Talk About when We (Don't) Talk about Race (Theatre503), Hopes, Dreams or Goldfish (Bunker Theatre) among others.
She has worked with The Gate Theatre, The Bush Theatre, The Hampstead Theatre and Theatre503. She has worked internationally, directing and assistant directing pieces in Trinidad & Tobago as well as throughout the UK.
A teacher and facilitator, she has led workshops for Talawa, GRAEAE and the Bush Theatre. She has also, directed drama school productions at LAMDA, Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA South and Italia Conti.
She also works as a writer and columnist for the Trinidad Guardian, writing feminist articles under the pseudonym, lagahoo.
She also performs regularly as a drag king, TriniDad & TooGayThough across the UK and Trinidad & Tobago. Performing in The Yard, VFD, The Glory and EartH Hackney as a finalist for the Man Up competition, the largest drag king competition in Europe