Anna Pool is an award-winning British theatre director, composer and writer whose innovative inter-disciplinary projects change perceptions of what music theatre can be.
She has directed new plays, musicals and operas for organisations including the Barbican, Opera North, Sage Gateshead, Hall for Cornwall, English Touring Opera and Finborough Theatre. She is a recipient of the Bury Court Opera Prize, Rolf Liebermann Fund award and is a New British Music Theatre Award nominee for development of site-specific theatre. Upcoming work includes Lady in the Dark (Opera Zuid/Teatres de la Ville, Luxembourg) and Mother Trucker, a new musical about female truckers supported by site-specific pioneers, Slung Low.
The Stage (Mozart Double Bill 2018)
Theatre and Opera direction includes: Acis and Galatea (Opera North - postponed in production due to Covid-19), Apart/Mental (Winner of the Bury Court Prize),These Wondering Stones (Barbican), Bastienne und Bastienne/ Der Schauspieldirektor (Finalist Best Opera 2019 Off West End Awards, Pop Up Opera UK), SCRAWW! (Hall for Cornwall), Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre), Dust Child (director/librettist English Touring Opera) and Boys of Paradise (Egg LDN/Tete a Tete).
She has held Assistant/Associate director roles on numerous productions including The Trial (Music Theatre Wales/ Scottish Opera), Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House) and the critically-acclaimed 2021 production of A Little Night Music (Leeds Playhouse/ Opera North).
Learning and Participation projects include Standing Together: Reflections for Holocaust Memorial Day (director/writer, Opera North), A Journey to the Moon (director/composer, Wigmore Hall) Snappy Operas (Mahogany Opera) and Confucius Says (Hackney Musical Development Trust). As an arts educator, Anna has worked with Barbican Creative Learning, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Mount Holyoke College (USA).
“Theatre of the highest calibre, *****”- The Upcoming (Trident Moon 2016)
Composing, song writing and performance play an integral role in Anna’s work as a theatre-maker. Recently selected as an Open Call Artist for Spitalfields Festival, Anna work with over 50 East London residents to compose, directed and perform verbatim music work We Are But Shadows. In 2018, Anna was composer and musical director of the 350-strong choir on immersive production Return of the Unknown (Marlowe Theatre) for the WWI Centenary. She was an Associate Composer with FutureBand, creating the ground-breaking Unleashed with the Barbican in 2012. Her music has also been performed at Shakespeare's Globe, Wigmore Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Barbican Silent Film Club. One of her musical theatre songs, Anything But Normal, has over 1.3m views on YouTube.
“Brilliant…. Hilariously funny”- The Guardian (Il Parnaso Confuso 2015)
Anna has been a member of the chart-topping Mediaeval Baebes since 2017 and is founder of folk rock outfit, Wise Woman. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in Drama, winning the Edmund Rubbra Composition Prize in 2015.
"You owe it to yourself to get out there and see this. Now"- A Younger Theatre (Trident Moon 2016)