Pooja is an award-winning director, actor, and mentor whose recognised as a fierce advocate for giving voice to marginalised groups. Pooja is at the forefront of leadership change and active in organisations whose ethos helps achieve this. She is co-chair of Artistic Directors of the Future and trustee of Stage directors UK and Pop-Up Org CIC
Winner, Best Director, Lions and Tigers, Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTA)
Clore Theatre Fellow (Clore #17)
Project leader/Creative producer for Up Next with ADF/ Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) & The Bush Theatre (TBT); UP NEXT is a takeover initiative designed to catapult visionary culturally diverse artists into leadership roles in the UK’s theatre industry..
Mentor for the Old Vic Bayliss Director Scheme
Associate Artist, Kali Theatre; A company dedicated to developing ground-breaking, thought provoking contemporary theatre by female South Asian writers.
Judge for James Tait Black Prize for Drama. Celebrating innovative drama produced worldwide. Plays that challenge structure, content and form.
Associate Director Theatre Royal Stratford East 2015 – 2017. Senior Management Team. Led the new writing department. Directed Rapunzel (2017)
Directing Credits: Seriously Annoying by Mark Thomas (Tin Cat Productions), 2020 (Tara Theatre), Underlying Conditions (World Theatre Lab), Approaching Empty (Tamasha, Kiln, Live Theatre), Rapunzel (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Lions and Tigers (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Counting Stars, The House of In Between, Home Theatre, Angelic Tales (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Tamasha 25, Shakti & Seva, Mother India (Rich Mix), The Accordian Shop (NT Connections), The Tune is Always Better on the Outside, Oysters, Mirad a boy from Bosnia (The Bedford), The Difference (Soho Theatre).
Dramaturg for Dance: Vestige, Out Late (Voxed)
Drama School: Love and Information (Guildhall) The Cherry Orchard (Guildhall), Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Bruford Theatre), Blue Stockings (East 15), The Empress (Central School of Speech and Drama), As You Like It (Ellen Terry Theatre), 13 (East 15),
Governance Roles: Co-chair of Stage Directors UK, we offer personal practical advice and ongoing advocacy with organisations and agents to improve fees, rights and royalties. We provide mediation and intervention in challenging work circumstances as well as offering bespoke training and development programmes.
Co-chair of Artistic Directors of the Future, we challenge the current structures of leadership and governance in arts organisations. We develop initiatives that create pathways to leadership, build networks, and demystify executive leadership roles. We nurture leaders of tomorrow who are from the Global Majority.