EMILY BOYD DAHAB (née Emily Taplin Boyd) has sixteen years of experience training and working in theater. But she's been a part of the theater community far longer than that, visiting her mom, director Julianne Boyd, at regional theaters around the country and tagging along to readings, tech rehearsals, production meetings, etc., from the time she was a little girl.
She found her own nook in the theater world when she discovered Shakespeare in the 7th grade, and has pretty much devoted her life to the study of the bard since then. Her area of speciality is original texts (First Folio, etc), and she would really, really love to talk with you about the merits of the “Bad Quarto” of Hamlet. In pursuit of this passion, she received her Masters degree in Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Columbia University in 2015. Presently, she teaches Theater History & Dramaturgy at the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, where she enjoys geeking out about these subjects (and many others!) with her students.
Emily also has experience working in non-profit and business administration. She worked for 1.5 years as an Associate at the boutique fundraising consulting firm Advance NYC, worked as the Development Manager at the groundbreaking opera company Ardea Arts, and worked as a Deputy Program Manager for NYC SBS's Goods & Services Mentorship Program, helping M/WBE small businesses learn to do business with the city. She currently works remotely as the Artistic Producer of the National Women's Theatre Festival, based in Raleigh, NC.
Emily graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago, earning an Honors degree in Theater and Performance Studies. She also holds a degree in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is proud to have completed the two-year program at the William Esper studio studying Meisner technique under master teacher Bill Esper. Recently she graduated from the MFA program in Dramaturgy at Columbia University, where she wrote her thesis on making theater in suburban communities.
Emily also serves as the Chief Representative for Long Island of the Parent Artist Advocacy League. Outside of theater, Emily’s interests include Lindy Hop and collecting vintage clothing. She also practices Buddhism with the SGI-USA.
Emily lives in Suffolk County, Long Island with her husband, Bill Dahab, their son and daughter, two dogs and two kittens.