Milli is an internationally acclaimed Theatre, Film and Radio Director and Dramaturg from East London.
She is an Associate Artist at Synergy. She was Associate Director at The Royal Court Theatre until December 2023. She has since left to pursue freelance projects.
Before this, she was Trainee Director and then Literary Associate at The Royal Court, Associate Artist at The Bush Theatre, Resident Assistant Director at Birmingham Rep and Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre. Her training includes The National Theatre Director's Programme, and The Old Vic 12.
Her production of seven methods of killing kylie jenner was nominated for The Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre. Her other work has been nominated for Visionary Arts Awards, EE Actas and Asian Media Awards, and her work has both received West End and international transfers. She was photographed by Rankin as part of his 'Performance' series, and an interview about her practice was recently published as one of 24 in 'Conversations With Women Theatre Directors' by Rosemary Waugh'.
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Her work as Director includes:
seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs 2019, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs 2021, Film 2022, Public Theater New York and Woolly Mammoth Washington DC 2023, Royal Court)
seven methods of killing kylie jenner by Jasmine Lee-Jones (Riksteatern, Swedish National Theatre, National tour 2022. Selected to return for the Biennale in 2023)
Blue Mist by Mohamed-Zain Dada (Royal Court)
Chasing Hares by Sonali Bhattacharyya (Young Vic)
Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood (co directed with Vicky Featherstone and Lucy Morrison, Royal Court/South Bank Centre)
My White Best Friend and other letters left unsaid (Bunker 2018/2019, Royal Court 2020)
Dismantle This Room by Nina Segal (Bush Theatre/Royal Court)
Half Full by Yasmin Joseph (Royal Court/RWCMD)
Baghdaddy by Jasmine Naziha Jones (Royal Court)
This Liquid Earth by Amy Jephta (Royal Court/Edinburgh International Festival)
HomeBODY by Jasmine Lee-Jones (Young Vic)
Yash Gill's Power Half Hour by Nikesh Shukla (short film featuring Sacha Dhawan)
The Hijabi Monologues (Bush Theatre)
Living Newspaper, a series of short films by writers including Zia Ahmed, Mohamed-Zain Dada, Maya Zbib and Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan (Royal Court)
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl (The Roald Dahl Story Company)
I'M TIRED OF WAITING, SOMEONE PASS ME THE DUCT TAPE by Travis Alabanza (Stratford East)
Ghosts In The Blood by Joel Tan (Audible).
As an Assistant and Associate Director, she has worked across productions at theatres including Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Court, Manchester International Festival, The Globe and The Gate.
Milli has extensive experience in new writing and dramaturgy. She was Literary Associate at The Royal Court for two years, and has read for several theatres including The Bush, The Royal Court and Birmingham Rep. She has facilited playwriting workshops and courses, and has developed and directed plays internationally with theatres including Santiago A Mil (Chile), Ajoka Theatre (Pakistan) and Riksteatern (Sweden). She has comprehensive experience working with young and vulnerable people, with organisations such as refuges Leeway and NAWP/London Black Women's Project, The Young Vic, Thames Reach, Bush Theatre, The Royal Court, Hackney Empire, Stratford East, Birmingham Rep, The National Youth Theatre, LAMDA and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
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