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Purni Morell

Head of Studio, National Theatre

Purni Morell

"Purni combines extraordinary artistic sensibility with excellent management skills and the ability to deliver projects. Theatre and the performing arts requires leadership by artistic directors and these are a rare breed. Purni is one such person."

Purni holds one of the most influential roles in British theatre.  The NT Studio not only feeds the NT repertoire but also acts as a centre for artistic development for the rest of the theatre sector. The building works with around 800 artists from around the world every year, and many of the NT’s most popular projects have been nurtured there. 

Purni has a strong ethos and vision possibly best described as driven by a belief in artists. Her focus at the Studio is to create an environment in which artists can try out new ideas away from the pressure of public performance, and to create the right environment in which theatre-makers can create their best work. 

Her role managing a hub for theatre development of this scale in the UK is unique. Committed to access, diversity and proper inclusion of women, Purni is also committed to making the Studio an agent for change and discussion in the theatre industry.