Hi. I'm Em.

I’m a trained actor, performer and speaker, my theatrical and business experience spans 20 years. I thrive when engaging, improvising and entertaining; whether to intimate groups in tiny venues or 1,000 seat auditorium audiences. My one-woman show Me:Em had a sell-out preview run off the West End back before COVID – this is now being made into a new feature film Re:Framed – (Covid meant no theatre tour so I adapted it!)

And it dawned on me: because I let my layers down, other people let theirs down too.


After co-founding and leading professional theatre company Abandon Theatre (where we did Edinburgh Fringe amongst other shows), I went on to run various businesses that had a focus on leadership and helping people change and develop. At the same time, I continued to write solo theatre shows and doing impro shows.

In 2020, I branched out on my own, to deliver workplace talks, events and coaching to address staff happiness and wellbeing under the brand “Em Stroud“.

I offer MCing or speaking at events, facilitating workshops and coaching and comedy for businesses, Mastermind Groups, A Day with Em. I also offer 121 coaching on an invitation-only basis, supporting brave and curious business leaders and entrepreneurs to find, articulate and live their true self.

Fun, joy and playfulness is at the heart of everything I do, influenced by my studies in the classical craft of clowning, both in Italy, and more recently working with inspirational Clown Teacher Angela De Costa. This enables me to bring techniques into my work that help leaders to take fun seriously at a time when it’s never been more important to find joy.

I am the only person to have delivered a TEDx talk dressed as a banana. Fact.

When not clowning around making things and helping people be better, I’m zipping around on a yellow motorbike which is called a Monkey Bike. Yip Yes!

I am also one of the co – founders of Laugh. Think. Play