Janet Steel Artistic Director 2002-2016

Janet Steel began her career as an actress. Her theatre work includes: Cinders, A Colder Climate (Royal Court Theatre), Blood Wedding (Half Moon), Romeo and Juliet (Sherman Theatre & Albany Empire), Oedipus Rex (Tara Arts). Television credits include: An English Christmas, The Bride, Gems, The Refuge, Shalom Salaam. Janet began directing in 1988 as assistant to Tessa Schneideman at Loose Change Theatre, producing UK premiers at BAC by Spanish authors, where she directed her first full-length piece, White Biting Dog. Directing includes: Behzti (The Birmingham Rep); April in Paris, Bretevski Street, A Hard Rain, Top Girls (Northampton Royal Theatre); Exodus (Millennium Mysteries at Coventry Belgrade); Brecht's Antigone, The Mother, Orpheus Descending, An Ideal Husband, Romeo & Juliet, The Knockey, Serious Money (Rose Bruford College). For Kali Theatre: Sock 'em with Honey by Bapsi Sidhwa, Calcutta Kosher by Shelley Silas, Chaos and Paper Thin by Azma Dar, Deadeye by Amber Lone, Zameen by Satinder Kaur Chohan, A Thin Red Line by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Another Paradise by Sayan Kent, Behna by Sonia Likhari, Mustafa by Naylah Ahmed,Shared Memories, The Husbands by Sharmila Chauhan, My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding by Sayan Kent, Twelve, The Dishonoured by Aamina Ahmad, and over 25 readings of work in development.

Janet Steel left Kali with a great reputation for presenting bold new plays that explore social issues.  ‘It has been a joy working with amazing artists, administrators, production teams and writers, all dedicated to creating powerful theatre, that speaks to a truly diverse audience. Kali is a unique company - over the past 15 years it has produced more new plays by South Asian woman than any other in the UK. When taking on the role of Artistic Director my driving ambition was to change how the industry regarded Asian theatre - As being 'not good enough'. I'm happy to know that I have contributed to changing that perception.  I wish future Kali production teams every success and hope they find a world where there is less 'them and us' - just more ‘us’.
Janet Steel.