Anna was born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. She moved to Brighton in 2005 to study for a BA in Drama and English literature at the University of Sussex.
In March 2009 she took up residence in Bristol and began an MA in Directing at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
In July 2010 Anna graduated from BOVTS with Merits and is now a freelance director. She specialises in theatre and has experience in radio, TV and film. She is also co-founder of Juncture Theatre, a Jerwood Assistant Director and RSC Creative Fellow.
Find out what I've been up to in my blog posts below.
Comedy of Errors Mountview
2nd November 2020
Another incredible opportunity to be working through this pandemic, this time with second year students at Mountview on a Comedy of Errors. Looking forward to getting stuck into some Shakespeare again and fortunatly a pretty upbeat one too...
The Changeling Musical
28th October 2020
Was bitter sweet to finish this project at RAM with 9 incredibly talented students. It gave me such faith in this industry and felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel. Look out for these talented folks graduating next year and particularly MD extraordinaire Samuel Young who was not phased by making a musical out of a pretty heavy Jacobean tragedy...
Leopoldstadt wins Olivier for Best New Play
25th October 2020
In a year of terrible news here was something to brighten up our company's spirits. Not only a win for best new play but also actor in a supporting role for Adrian Scarborough. I miss this wonderful gang and can't wait to bring this show back to live audiences. Fingers crossed for 2021!
Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre project
14th Septmeber 2020
Feel incredibly lucky to say that I start working again today! I'm directing a musical theatre version of The Changeling by Thomas Middleton for the MA musical theatres students of the Royal Academy of Music.
Fizzy Sherbet Podcast
24th August 2020
During lockdown I've been fortunate enough to have been working with a team of incredible women to put together a new podcast for international female writers. Click on the image for a link to start listening!
The Invisible Man postponed
As was suspected the planned Invisible Man production at Northern Stage has been postponed until further notice. We hope to be able to bring it to audiences in 2021 depending on government guidelines.
16th March 2020
Its with sadness that we have had to suspend all performances of Leopoldstadt for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have all hopes of reviving it when it is safe to do so.
The Invisible Man
13th February 2020
I'm thrilled to announce that in August I start rehearsals for The Invisible Man for Northern Stage. The new adaptation by Philip Corriea will be an exciting fresh take on the classic novella which will start in Newcastle and then tour around Northern venues.
September 2nd 2019
Started rehearsals today for the West End transfer of Noises Off. Beautiful and hilarious cast!! Such a masterpiece of a play. Can't wait to bring it to the Garrick later this month (runs until 4th Jan 2020)
26th June 2019
Excited to finally be able to talk about this! Stunning new play by Tom Stoppard directed by Patrick Marber. Opens January 2020.
When We Begin
21st July 2019
Have been working with adventurous Look Left Look Right productions and The People Theatre on Leo J Skilbeck's new play When We Begin. Was fortunate to work with an ensemble of eight wonderful trans performers to producer a rehearsed reading for Latitude Festival.
Romeo and Juliet RSC Playmaking Festival
June - July 2019
Having a blast working with schools in Newcastle as a Director Mentor for the RSC Playmaking Festival. So proud of their Regional Festival at Sacred Heart High School and then onto Startford Upon Avon to perform Romeo and Juliet with five other regions.
Our Country's Good
7th April 2019
So we are about to enter the final week of rehearsals for Our Country's Good at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Such a stellar cast and a wonderful team. More information here.
Happy New Year!
2019 is upon us and I'm already into rehearsals for Twelfth Night. Things seems to be shaping up to be a good and productive start to the year and this show is no exception. Incredibly lucky to have a wonderuflly talented cast making me laugh and see/hear Shakespeare in a new way every day! Performances start 17th Jan - 9th Feb at Southwark Playhouse. Details here.
August 2nd 2018
Announced today that I'll be directing Twelfth night for Southwark Playhouse 17th Jan - 19th Feb 2019 with the fab Anna Reid as designer!
Our Country's Good
September 21st 2018
So today it has been announced that I'll be directing Our Country's Good for Tobacco Factory Theatres in April next year. Super excited about this as it is a theatre close to my heart. Tickets can be booked here:
A wonderful weekend of RnD for new Xmas show at the Birmingham Mac for Pins and Needles Productions.
Exit the King
4th June 2018
Started rehearsals for Exit the King at the National Theatre where I'll be Staff Director to Patrick Marber.
I've not had much a of a chance to update what I've been doing this year as have been away on tour with Hamlet and King Lear for the RSC as Associate Director. We started in the UK with Hamlet and then travelled onto BAM in NYC for King Lear, to Washington DC with Hamlet and finished up out 104th and final show of King Lear at the RST in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The Internet Was Made For Adults
October 25th 2017
So we head into the next phase of the Hitting The Wall show, The Internet Was Made For Adults. Going to have a sharing at Women at RADA in December and start rehearsing for The Vaults Festival 2018. Watch this space!
October 12th 2017
Today I started a little research and development into a new musical theatre idea at Shoreditch Town Hall with the wonderful Christina Carty and Stuart Barter. Got a few more sessions before we have a sharing on Dec 1st. Some cracking music being made and exciting discoveries, mostly involving Bill Murray and Bjork.
September 4th 2017
Well today we start our RnD for Invisible Man wonderfully supported by Arts Council England! Looking forward to seeing what make!
People Places and Things
August 21st 2017
Today I step into rehearsals as Associate Director on People Places and Things by Duncan MacMillan. We will be tour to Manchester, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, Cambridge and Liverpool.
The Internet Was Made For Adults
30th June 2017
Had a great day with the Hitting The Wall women working on their new play The Internet Was Made For Adults. Another session tomorrow and Monday before our public reading on Tuesday Above The Arts. Can't wait for people to see all of their hard work and get the songs stuck in their head, like I have!
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A Night of Small Things: Old Red Lion
28th June 2017
Had a great session yesterday with Sarah-Jayne Butler on Joel Samuel's new script There's Blood. Going to be showing it on Sunday 2nd at the Old Red Lion as part of A Night of Small Things.
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8th June 2017
Wonderful Victor Rois and his company Three Blokes Productions made a brilliant video documenting the making of Go Between with Young Vic Taking Part. I miss these peeps!
Hitting a Wall
17th-20th May 2017
For four days I will be researching and developing, with four marvellous writer/performers, musical director and AD, a new piece about pornography, anxiety, social media and female relationships. Looking forward to being in a room with these six inspiring women for four days.
Equity Shakespeare Workshop
April 21st 2017
The day before the Bards birthday I ran a short Exploration of Shakespeare workshop for Equity members. I had a great time but the time flew by so hopefully I can do another in the future. Got some lovely feedback:
"I just want to say how much I enjoyed the workshop... it was both stimulating and informative. I really hope you can get Anna again soon." Participant
The Kid Stays in the Picture
March 11th - April 8th 2017
Since the middle of February I have been assisting Simon McBurney and James Yateman as Script Supervisor on a new Complicite show, The Kid Stays in the Picture.
September 2016 - Jan 2017
Since September I have been working with The Young Vic Taking Part department on a new project with 30 homeless people. Our participants were either currently homeless or had experienced homelessness in the past. It was enlightening and magical five months and watching their final production was one of my proudest moments.
As a wonderful New Years present the tremendous people at Illuminate and Brainchild (based in Platform, Southwark) loaned us a space for the month to use as we wished. We (being Lily McLeish, Matthew Evans and Tinuke Craig) created a little hub for artists from all disciplines to meet and chat, create work, have readings or just come out of the cold for a little bit. Lily rehearsed Colder Water Than Here and I started some RnD for Invisible Man. We also held auditions workshops for LESOCO and rehearsed readings for Fizzy Sherbert.