Emily Boyd Dahab

Emily Boyd Dahab

Emily Boyd Dahab [she/her] is a Long Island-based playwright, lyricist, dramaturg, teacher, administrator, advocate and parent.

Her plays have been produced at Barrington Stage Company, Red Bull Theater, and the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. Her verse play Swansong was published by Steele Spring Press. She participated in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop’s 2022 bookwriting cohort and is currently a...
Emily Boyd Dahab [she/her] is a Long Island-based playwright, lyricist, dramaturg, teacher, administrator, advocate and parent.

Her plays have been produced at Barrington Stage Company, Red Bull Theater, and the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. Her verse play Swansong was published by Steele Spring Press. She participated in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop’s 2022 bookwriting cohort and is currently a member of the BMI 2023 lyricists cohort. Her play “Safe As Houses” was a semifinalist for the 2023 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference.

As a dramaturg, she has worked on productions at Columbia School of the Arts, The Brick Theater, The 13th Street Theater, and for The Classical Theatre of Harlem/Columbia. Most recently she served as a dramaturg and contributing writer and lyricist on The Momversations Project, a multi-media endeavor of The National Women’s Theatre Festival of Raleigh, NC.

She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia School of the Arts. She has a prior MA in Medieval & Renaissance Studies from Columbia, and degrees in Classical Acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and Theatre and Performance Studies from The University of Chicago. She is also proud to have completed the two-year program at the William Esper Studio studying Meisner technique under master teacher Bill Esper.

She has served as a faculty member of the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in New York City, where she re-envisioned and taught a year-long course on Western Theater History and Dramaturgy. More recently, she served as the Interim Artistic Producer of the National Women’s Theatre Festival. She currently serves as the Chief Representative of the Long Island chapter of the Parent Artist Advocacy League.

She is the mother of two young children. She is also the caretaker of two senior dogs and two tiny kittens, and an avid gardener of native plants.

Plays

  • Ugly F*cks/Succubus
    A woman of a certain age, alone in her suburban home, removes her makeup and applies a face mask. While doing so, she spins a ghastly tale that may be true or false or somewhere in between.

    This piece tackles themes of aging, female beauty standards, and women's rage. It contains frank sexual language, graphic descriptions of violence, and full frontal nudity.
  • Swansong
    The Spartan queen, Leda, considers the subject of her famed union with Jove.

    This play is written in verse. It considers themes of trauma, female power and female rage. It contains description of the rape of the protagonist by a swan.
  • The Still Point of the Turning World
    1940, London: a librarian trapped during the worst of the Blitz considers the poetry of T.S. Eliot.

    This piece tackles themes of war, death, and the roads not taken. It contains a symbolic description of a person passing.
  • Visiting Dad
    A woman shares her complicated feelings about the unconventional way in which her science-minded father chose to be remembered.

    This play deals with themes of loss, love, and science. It contains a frank description of plastinated human remains.