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Pratha Nagpal
2023 MFA Directing Pratha Nagpal

About Pratha

Pratha Nagpal is a director, writer, activist and a passionate theatremaker working on unceded Gadigal land. Pratha's arts practice is deeply inspired by BIPOC stories and art. Being a first- generation immigrant, she deeply understands the need for art that centres BIPOC voices, in both the stories that are being told, and the process undertaken to tell these stories.

She is a current student at NIDA completing her Master of Fine Arts (Directing). At NIDA, she has directed a short play in collaboration with ACA (Actors Centre Australia) named Ali by Daniel Keene. She has also directed Ghagra, a Bollywood piece for NIDA Kabarett 2022. In collaboration with Triple J, she recently directed a music video for emerging band, Coconut Cream, called What Kind of Music Do You Like To Listen To?.

In 2021/22, she wrote, directed, and devised her showमाँकीरसोई (Maa Ki Rasoi - My Mother’s Kitchen) at 107 Projects under the ArtsLab residency program by ShopFront. In 2022, माँकीरसोई (Maa Ki Rasoi - My Mother’s Kitchen) was also a part of the Art in the Heart of Haymarket festival at 4A. In 2021, she also directed a sold-out season of Rice by Michelle Lee at Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS).

Her previous credits include The Great Escape by Declan Coyle (at SUDS) and two rehearsed readings of Heroes by Katherine Sortini and Unthinkable Timescales by Zachary Sheridan for an ATYP collaboration with SUDS.