Helena Bell has become Kali's new Artistic Director.
Helena was previously Artistic Director of Pursued by a Bear Productions, a new writing theatre company she had led since 2006. Helena directed several of the early Kali productions including Rukhsana Ahmad's acclaimed River on Fire at the Lyric Hammersmith. More recently Kali co-produced Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi with Pursued by a Bear for The Arcola and a national tour.
'I am delighted to be joining Kali and will continue to champion thought-provoking work by fearless women writers. In the current climate I think it’s more important than ever that South Asian women’s experiences and creativity are seen on Britain’s stages.’
Helena has a mixed race heritage (Indian father/white British mother) and the extensive work she has done with a variety of Asian writers and artists has been a way for her to research, access and encounter aspects of her own heritage.