Suba Das was born in Newcastle. He studied English at Cambridge University and trained as a director at Birkbeck, University of London. He began his career as Resident Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East, productions including a site-specific production of Medea that used his own translation with choreography by Kenrick Sandy of Olivier Award-winning street dance company Boy Blue Entertainment. He went on to become the youngest ever Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio. In 2010 he co-founded Custom/Practice, staging site-specific productions across London of Othello, The Winter’s Tale and The Revenger’s Tragedy in collaboration with the Old Vic Tunnels and Hoxton Hall; and also won the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Award.
In 2012, Suba was appointed Associate Director at Leicester’s Curve Theatre, one of the UK’s major producing houses. At Curve, Suba oversees all commissioning and development of new work, showcased in the theatre’s annual Inside Out Festival, which has drawn an audience of more than 30,000 people in Leicester since launching in 2014 and transferred new work to over 100 cities worldwide.
Directing credits at Curve include the world premieres of Wipers by Ishy Din (for the centenary of World War I) and Pink Sari Revolution (based on the documentary novel by Amana Fontanella-Khan, and for which Suba secured an £130,000 Re:Imagine India Award); the European premiere of Shiv by Aditi Brennan Kapil; and new productions of Abigail’s Party and Mother Clap’s Molly House.
In 2017, Suba made his opera debut, directing the world premiere of Sukanya for The Royal Opera in co-production with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, receiving a nomination for the WhatsOnStage Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera Award.
Suba has directed for venues including Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse, the Young Vic and the Roundhouse and is a trustee of the North Music Trust, the largest arts organisation in the North East, operating the iconic Sage Gateshead building.