I was born and raised in London (England). As a teen I celebrated the swinging sixties with white go-go boots, A-line mini-dresses, and fake eye lashes. The Beatles remain my favourite rock band. J.S. Bach is my favourite composer. I fell in love with (Little) Stevie Wonder when I was twelve, and Bob Dylan when I was fourteen.
I became an air hostess with British Caledonian on a dare, so that I could travel around the world. I managed to see cities in Chile, Brazil, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Senegal, Morocco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and India.
I came to America in 1981 to work in theatre as a director. I studied with the legendary Jerzy Grotowski in his Objective Drama Programme at U.C. Irvine. I was invited to be a founding member of the Women’s Theatre Project in New York, and worked with several established and emerging playwrights to develop and stage new work.
I’m a member of The Authors Guild and SCBWI. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from U.C. Irvine. I graduated from the University of Warwick with joint honours in English, European & American Literature and Theatre Studies.
My father, F.N. Souza, pioneered post-Independence modern Indian art. He was an important British artist when he lived in England. He is considered India’s leading modern painter. My mother was an haute couturiere. Among her clients, she dressed Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale in The Avengers, Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, with Sean Connery); Ailsa Garland, editor-in-chief of British Vogue; agony aunt Marjorie Proops; and, once, she was called in to fit the first man to undergo the sex-change operation in Britain, because he could not stand the “heavy” touch of another woman’s hands. I was fortunate to be dressed by my mother until her death in 1995. I mention this part of my background because my parents’ vision of what’s possible shaped my world as a child and influenced how as I think as a writer, director, and editor, today.
I began writing when I was seven and thought I would grow up to be a playwright.