anna makes things happen.
Anna Pool is an award-winning director, composer and writer of opera, music theatre and plays. She makes work for adventurous artists and curious audiences, inspired by history, faith, myth, and magic in the every day.
Most recently, she directed and co-devised short opera, Standing Together: Reflections for Holocaust Memorial Day (Opera North/ Sage Gateshead). Anna’s Der Schauspieldirektor/Bastien und Bastienne (Pop Up Opera UK) was a finalist for Best Opera at the 2019 Off West End Awards.
Upcoming directing work includes Noye's Fludde (St Edmondsbury Cathedral) as part of Abbey 1000. Anna is a 2020 Open Call Artist for Spitalfield's Music, creating a new massed choral work exploring the power of faith rituals on people and place. Upcoming staff/ assistant directing includes A Little Night Music (Opera North/Leeds Playhouse), Carmen (Opera North) and Don Carlo (Royal Opera House).
Other directing work includes These Wondering Stones (Barbican), Journey to the Moon (Wigmore Hall) Dust Child (English Touring Opera), Confucius Says (HMDT), SCRAWW (Trebah Gardens/ Hall for Cornwall), Snappy Operas (Mahogany Opera Group), Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre), Seven Velvet Suits (BasicSpace Festival), Boys of Paradise (Tete a Tete/EGG LDN), East o’the Sun, West o’ the Moon (Tete a Tete Festival) and Sound Tracks (London Transport Museum). Anna also works as an associate/ staff director for numerous companies including Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera North and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Anna originally studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Edmund Rubbra Prize in 2015. Compositions include Return of the Unknown (Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury) and The Laramie Project (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). A regular artistic collaborator with Southwark Cathedral since 2012, Anna has forged unique music projects including the opening ceremony of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts and the Stephen Lawrence Foundation gala. She is also a vocalist for chart-topping early music ensemble, Mediaeval Baebes.