Introduction to Directing


with Emily Aboud

3 weeks


9th March – 23rd March

4 – 6pm

Location: Wildcard Studios & online

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Introduction to Directing

with Emily Aboud

Directing is a difficult job to describe. There are lots of components. How do you begin a new writing piece? How do you run a rehearsal room? A warm up? What is the best way to dissect the text? Working with the space? Integrating sound, lights and movement? Taking a script and making it 3D is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job but how does one begin?

In three sessions we’re going to go through the basics of directing. This includes how to run a rehearsal room in a collaborative and conflict-confident way, working with writers, and the science of stagecraft. You will learn the basic methods of running a rehearsal process and how that would differ with a new piece of writing vs a revival of an older text.

This course will be taught through a decolonising lens. Theatre and directing are far too often seen as a straight, white man’s game.


This is the second time Emily is bringing this course to us after a successful run in 2021 and we are delighted to have her back. 



3 week course

9th March | 16th March & 23rd March


Time: 4 – 6pm

Where: Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton Street, W1K 6TG


You can also join online if you aren’t based near London!


About Emily:

Emily Aboud is a Trinidadian theatre director. She is the artistic director of Lagahoo Productions and associate artist at the Bush Theatre. She was shortlisted for the 2021 JMK Award and has recently been awarded the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund. She has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering but also, an MA in Theatre Directing from Mountview.

Recent  directing credits include Pink Lemonade at the Bush Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe 2019, BOGEYMAN (an R&D at Camden People’s Theatre), the OFFIE-nominated SPLINTERED (Edinburgh/VAULT) which won a Vault Festival Award for Show of the Week, The Fairytale Revolution at Theatre503 (livestreamed to over 8000 children), Exceptional Promise (Bush Theatre) and Salty Irina (Ovalhouse). Emily also performs regularly as a drag king called TriniDad & TooGayThough.



At Wildcard we believe everyone should have the chance to be creative. We want all our courses to be as open and inclusive as possible to anyone that wants to take part. We are aware that the cost of workshops and regular training is a key barrier in our industry for many people.

With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 free places on each course.

If you are interested, please fill in this form where you can tell us a bit about yourself and let us know which course you are interested in:

Apply for a bursary!

Bursary places will be offered out no later than 2 weeks before the course begins.

For further enquiries about this workshop please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk

Payment Plans:

We are pleased to be able to offer a bespoke payment plan on all of our courses. If you are interested setting one up, please contact Emily with which course you are interested in and we can get your place secured.