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Anna Pool is a director, writer, composer and performer.
Her directing work includes Dust Child (English Touring Opera), Snappy Operas (Mahogany Opera Group), Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre) and Il Parnaso Confuso (Wilton’s Music Hall). She is Artistic Director of workshOPERA, a company of operatic adventurers, commissioning site-specific and interactive music theatre work. Their work includes Seven Velvet Suits (BasicSpace Festival), East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon (Tête à Tête Festival) and "truly genre-breaking" Boys of Paradise (Egg LDN/ Tête à Tête), nominated for a New British Music Theatre Award. Currently, workshOPERA are developing Sound Tracks in partnership with artists from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London Transport Museum. The project has seen the creation of 6 new, site-specific operas directly inspired by objects throughout the Museum’s unique collection and performed inside vehicles and spaces throughout the Museum’s galleries.
Anna has worked as a staff/ assistant director for numerous companies including Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, St James Theatre (now The Other Palace), Finborough Theatre and King’s Place on works ranging from Wagner's Ring Cycle to Philip Glass' The Trial. As an Associate Director, she recently worked with Annabel Arden, creating Corpus Christi, a site-specifc music theatre work for the City of London. Currently she is assiting Karen Gillingham on A Trip to the Moon (London Symphony Orchestra/ Discovery Choirs) and goes on to assist James Hurley on Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera).
Anna’s libretto work includes Dust Child (English Touring Opera), UnconGENIE-al (Tête à Tête), Whitecross Street: A Musical Portrait (Teatro Vivo/ Barbican Creative Learning) and a number of works for touring children’s theatre troupe, The Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company. As a workshop leader and assistant, she has worked for Barbican Creative Learning, English Touring Opera, Only Connect, FutureBand and The Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company.
Anna studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Edmund Rubbra Prize for Composition in 2015. Her work has been workshopped and performed by the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra, members of Aurora Orchestra and critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble, EXAUDI.