Anna Pool is a British theatre director, producer and writer whose innovative productions change perceptions of what music theatre is, how it is made and who it is for.
She has directed new plays, musicals and operas for organisations including the Barbican, English National Opera, Opera North, The Sage, Music Theatre Wales, Hall for Cornwall and English Touring Opera. She is a recipient of the Bury Court Opera Prize, Rolf Liebermann Fund award and a New British Music Theatre Award nominee. Without Covid-19, she'd be creating A Little Night Music with James Brining for Leeds Playhouse. reviving Nicholas Hyntner's Don Carlo at The Royal Opera House and directing the UK premiere of Gounod's La Nonne Sanglante.
Instead, she's directing Acis and Galatea for Opera North, the company's first indoor theatre work since the pandemic began and created award-winning puppet opera Apart/Mental.
The Stage (Mozart Double Bill 2018)
Photo: Bertie Watson
Anna’s work is predominantly inspired by history, faith, myth and magic in the everyday. She regularly uses innovative storytelling mediums, incorporating puppetry, headphone technology and site-specific spaces to great acclaim. Her Mozart Double Bill for Pop Up Opera UK was a finalist for Best Opera at the 2019 Off West End Awards and she was nominated for a 2016 New British Music Theatre Award for her work in developing site-specific music theatre. Currently she is creating a new verbatim musical with East London residents for the 2020 Spitalfields Festival.
“Theatre of the highest calibre, *****”- The Upcoming (Trident Moon 2016)
Anna’s composition and writing experience includes work for Shakespeare's Globe, Opera North, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, English Touring Opera, Barbican Silent Film Club, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Tete a Tete Festival. As an educator, she has worked with Barbican Creative Learning, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mount Holyoke College (USA) and Hackney Musical Development Trust.
“Brilliant…. Hilariously funny”- The Guardian (Il Parnaso Confuso 2015)
Anna is a member of the chart-topping Mediaeval Baebes. Her musical theatre song, Anything But Normal, has over 750,000 views on YouTube. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in Drama, winning the Edmund Rubbra Composition Prize in 2015.
View Anna's Full CV for directing and writing here
Listen to more of her award-winning music here.
"You owe it to yourself to get out there and see this. Now"- A Younger Theatre (Trident Moon 2016)