Focusing on emotionally evocative stories for screen and stage, Anna is a director, writer and dramaturg who explores how excruciatingly painful and hilariously joyful it is to be human.
Following three years crewing on film and TV productions in Melbourne, she completed her Masters in Film Narrative (2008) at the School of Film & TV, Victorian College of the Arts.
Turning her attention to directing live performance she graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts - Directing from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia in 2017.
Anna’s films have screened at over 70 festivals worldwide and garnered a number of awards and accolades including prizes at Tribeca Film Festival and Palm Springs ShortFest and a nomination for ‘Best Achievement in Direction’ by the Australian Directors Guild.
In addition to her films’ festival success, Anna was invited to participate as a mentor in the 2009 Tribeca Film Fellows program, selected to attend the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus and a Jury Member for the 2013 AACTA Awards.
In 2014 Anna was one of sixteen Australian and New Zealand filmmakers selected for Melbourne International Film Festival's Accelerator program - an intensive lab for directors making their transition to feature film making.
For stage, Anna has directed Noël Coward's Private Lives – Act 3 in collaboration with Actors Centre Australia (Sydney), When Words Don’t Work (devised) in collaboration with the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (Brisbane) and David Hare's The Blue Room in collaboration with the National Theatre Drama School (Melbourne). She was the Assistant Director for Constantine Costi for the world premiere of Laura Lethlean's The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire with graduating NIDA acting students and directed Neil Simon's Plaza Suite - The Visitor from Mamaroneck for her NIDA graduating production.
In 2017 Anna collaborated with co-curators and designers Alexander Berlage and Jeremy Allen on Narnia - a contemporary performing space at Gaytimes Festival. She's assisted directed Bridget Baloudis in the development workshop of Rachel Perk's new work Moral Panic and worked as Assistant Director for Judy Davis on the NIDA production of Dennis Kelly's Love and Money.
2017 directing projects included the Australian premiere of Dana Lynn Formby's American Beauty Shop staged at KXT - Kings Cross Theatre in August / September 2017 and VICE | VERSA a site-specific devised work for Sydney Fringe 2017 with co-collaborators - Kate Rutherford, Elia Bosshard, Kyle Jonsson, Benjamin Freeman, Alexander Berlage, Matteo Romano-Bernardini and Oleg Pupovac.
Anna and her partner, Matteo Romano Bernardini, are current artists in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France as Laureates of the Vivant Spectacle Commission of the Cité. During her residency Anna has curated the group show I’ve a feeling we’re not in Oz anymore… an exhibition which included sculpture, video, painting, drawing, film and installation art featuring the work of Australian and international artists. In November 2018 she directed the first read of the French translation of Lachlan Philpott’s play M.Rock, translated by Gisèle Joly.
In late 2018 Anna and Matteo launched REVEILLE - producing multi-disciplinary projects collaborating with artists from around the world.
| épochè | developed as part of REVEILLE’s residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts and is a collaboration with French video artist and sound designer Baptiste Brossard, the French dance/performance group SUZANNE (Lorenz Jack Chaillat, Julien Deransy, Julien Chaudet, Eurydice Gougeon-Marine, Grégoire Francois and Mélina Ferné) and actress Eve Gerbaudi. This site-specific devised work features Anna’s unique devising methodology and performance technique ‘chasing dialogue’ and had its world premiere in Paris, January 2019.