Poonam is director for stage and screen who trained at The Young Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre Directors Course and on the Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, New York. She is passionate about developing diverse stories, perspectives and talent, having worked with writers including Inua Ellams, Satinder Chohan, Iman Qureshi, Michael Bhim, Tanika Gupta, Hanif Kureishi and Kwame Kwei Armah. Her productions include punk rock Greek tragedy HOW THE RAPIST WAS BORN by Sabina Alam; BELLS by Yasmin Whittaker Khan; RETURN by Dina Mousawi and an experimental adaptation of A TEMPORARY MATTER by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jhumpha Lahiri whilst on the Lincoln Center’s Theatre Lab. She has assisted Richard Jones and Trevor Nunn (HOBSON’S CHOICE & SKELLIG/Young Vic) and Sean Holmes (JULIUS CAESAR/RSC) and was previously an artistic associate at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Poonam was awarded a Michael Grandage Company bursary in 2018 to develop new play NOOR by Asma Dar into a full production. In 2018 she was also selected to direct HOME GIRL by Iman Qureshi as part of London Callings’ 2018 short film slate which was selected for the 2019 BFI Flare Festival. She is artistic director of devising company 3Fates theatre with whom she has created three productions.