Padma Akula’s first production was in 2004 as a dancer, choreographer and assistant director in Charandas Chor: The Honest Thief by Prayas Theatre. Since then, she has ventured into various aspects of performing arts as a writer, director, costume designer, make-up artist and production manager. Her works include Tell Me on a Sunday (producer), Ranthambhore by ARTHAM Dance Company (creative director), The Mourning After (director), Dara (costume designer) and A Fine Balance (2015, producer). She has been a Wella TrendVision Awards New Zealand finalist (make-up artist). Padma specialises in meeting the unique costume requirements of South Asian stage artists and is quite partial to recreating period costume. Her work as costume designer in TEA was received with high acclaim for her innovation and rich detail. For A Fine Balance, Padma has time-travelled to India in the 1970s to create the look and add veracity to the characters through costume design.