Founded in loving memory of Pearl Padamsee, the trust aims to devise a revolutionary system of education by using the creative arts.

CREATE’s approach is holistic and aims to take learning out of the textbook and into the imagination, to make learning come alive!

“Integration” has been the key motto of CREATE Foundation, i.e. integrating children from mainstream schools along with children from underprivileged and challenged backgrounds.

This 2015, CREATE celebrated 13 glorious years since its inception in 2002 as a public charitable trust.

CREATE works in integration with many NGO’s for their upliftment and it also gives them amazing opportunities to work in plays by Ace Productions. Various NGO children along with children from the Ace Academy have been part of many Ace projects such as ‘Freedom’, ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Grease’. Some of the NGO’s that CREATE has worked with are ADAPT, Aseema, Central Society for the Education of the Deaf, Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, Muktangan, Salaam Baalak Trust, Salaam Bombay Foundation, SevaSadan Society, Society for the Education of the Crippled, The Akanksha Foundation, The Bombay Community Public Trust, The Vatsalya Foundation, The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind and many more.


Pearl Padamsee, born Pearl Waiz, (1931–2000) was an Indian theatre personality, as a stage actress, director and producer of English language theatre in Mumbai, active in 1950s – 1990s.

Though tiny in size, she was always a bundle of energy. During her college days, she spent all her free time as an actress in rehearsals for college drama competitions. Later, she joined the Theatre Group of Bombay, starring in several productions.

In spite of being a busy mother and housewife, she electrified Bombay with her performance as the lead in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew directed by Alyque Padamsee. In 1960, Pearl attended LAMDA (London Academy of Music And Dramatic Arts).  Pearl was a superb comedian and got the audience giggling in Jean Giraudoux’s Madwoman of Chaillot. She directed Alyque in the modern classic Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, and this became a turning point in her career. PP (as she was known) was now on her way to becoming one of the outstanding directors on the Indian theatre scene.

By 1969, Pearl was the queen of the Bombay stage. In 1970 she went solo, and produced and directed The Serpent. She then went onto direct and produce her first musical- Godspell, which she revived, thrice over. From plays as diverse as Bertolt Brecht’s Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui and Measures Taken, to Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, from The Elephant Man, to Equus, Pearl directed them all.

Apart from this, Pearl found the time in her busy schedule to teach at 5 schools. She directed their mega productions of Oliver, Tom Sawyer, The Miracle Worker and scores of others, that served also as fund raisers for the schools.Pearl was a founder member of Sevadhan, one of India’s first Drug rehabilitation centres, and a friend, philosopher and guide to hundreds across the globe, through her column in the Femina, called Home Truths.

She was, to sum it up, the Little Lady who cast a Giant Shadow !!