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Anna Poole

Director London

I am a freelance theatre director and workshop facilitator. I’m Artistic Director of new writing company Sparkhaus Theatre and the current Resident Assistant Director at the New Vic Theatre (2018-2019). Previously I have been a Theatr Iolo Platfform artist, an Emerging Director at National Theatre Wales, Jerwood Assistant Director at the Young Vic Theatre, an artist on the Foundry programme at The Birmingham Rep, Youth and Community Associate at Sherman Theatre and TEAM Assistant at National Theatre Wales.


ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, The Boy in the Dress, RSC, 2020
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Romeo & Julie, NT, National Tour & Dorfman, 2020
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Marvellous, New Vic Theatre & Bolton Octagon, 2020

An Almost Sacred Duty by Sue Moffat, New Vic Theatre, 2019
Opera Scenes Project, Richard Burton Theatre, RWCMD, 2018
Signs/Wonders by Katherine Soper, FIVE plays, Young Vic, 2017
The Government Inspector by David Harrower, Sherman Theatre, 2017
Zero for the Young Dudes by Alistair McDowell, Sherman Theatre
Directing Sherman Youth Theatre, National Theatre Connections, 2017
Dare to Reimagine, by Anna Poole and over 60 10-11 year olds, Theatr Iolo and Park & Dare Theatre, 2017
Performance Party, National Theatre Wales, Pontio, 2016
Lady Lust devised by Sarah Hamilton-Baker, The Birmingham Rep, 2016
The Drowned Girl by Kelly Jones, Chapter Arts Centre, 2015, The Yard Theatre, 2014
NSFW by Lucy Kirkwood, Chapter Arts Centre, 2015
Blud by Kelly Jones, The Other Room, 2015

As part of the 2018/19 Assistant Director residency at the New Vic Theatre I have assisted on;
Brassed Off, dir Conrad Nelson
Intemperance, dir Zoe Waterman
Wind in the Willows, dir Peter Leslie Wild
Queens of the Coal Age, dir Bryony Shanahan
Astley’s Astounding Adventures & The 39 Steps, dir Theresa Heskins

Other Assistant/Associate director roles include;
Trying it On by David Edgar, dir Christopher Hayden, 2018
Wings by Arthur Kopit, dir Natalie Abrahami, Young Vic, 2017, Part of the Young Vic’s Jerwood Assistant Director Programme 2017
We Are Here Because We Are Here, Swansea Hub, National Theatre and National Theatre Wales, 2016
Bordergame, dir John Norton, National Theatre Wales, 2014
Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco by Gary Owen, dir Matt Ball, Waking Exploits, 2014
Last Christmas by Matthew Bulgo, dir. Kate Wasserburg, Dirty Protest, 2014


2-5 years


Site Responsive/Immersive
Working with disabled artists
Working with Young People