Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Anna (FRSA) grew up in Lapland, in the far north of Sweden. There she joined the local amateur dramatic group at the age of 13. She went on to study acting at 19 and found herself with a one-way ticket to London by 21. Leaving the theatre-life behind for a more sensible teaching-qualification after the birth of her daughter, she worked as a primary school teacher for almost ten years. She eventually gave up teaching and returned to her first love; theatre. In 2016 Anna completed a Master’s degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is currently completing a PhD with York St John University, where her research explores the potential and possibilities of making theatre with young people. She presents at conferences on the topic of youth voice and theatre-making with young people, and she has had two peer-reviewed papers published to date; Whose Story Is It Anyway? and a performance review of the Coronavirus Time Capsule Project. Alongside her PhD research, Anna also conducts community-based participatory research in various forms and with various partners. Responding to the need for affordable and accessible drama provision for local young people she founded Waterloo Community Theatre in 2015.

Anna spent the summer of 2016 in Los Angeles, working with established theatre company Cornerstone Theater, creating a community-based theatre project with the Oakwood neighbourhood in Venice, CA.

Anna’s is also the Creative Producer for Project Phakama UK, a non-hierarchical performance-making company based at Queen Mary University campus in Mile End.

Anna is a qualified Arts Award adviser, accredited by Trinity College. She is trained to deliver all levels of the award. See artsaward.org.uk for more information about the awards.

Anna is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.