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Anna Houston

Artist, Writer

Anna is an actor, playwright and director deeply invested in the process and mechanics of storytelling for live performance.

In 2004 she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Acting. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies at Perth’s Curtin University, where she majored in Theatre Arts and Gender Studies.

As a professional actor, she has performed for the Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, and Sport for Jove. Her work as an actor has taken her around Australia on five national tours, and internationally to Europe and Asia for commercial theatre productions that include the National Theatre of UK’s production of War Horse.

In 2009 she wrote her first full length play In The Garden, which was long listed for the 2010 Patrick White Award, presented by the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2010, In The Garden was produced by Deckchair Theatre Company in Fremantle, Western Australia. Her second full length play Vanessa Darling was selected by Play Writing Australia for a National Script Workshop in 2015.

In 2015 Anna directed Ella Hickson’s full length play Eight for the Sydney Fringe Festival. Produced by Edgeware Forum, the play was performed over five sold out nights at the Erskineville Town Hall.

Anna recently directed David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue at the Old Fitz Theatre. The production was a critical hit, garnering rave reviews.

Counting the cost of COVID-19
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ArchivedOld Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo, Sydney 2 - 2 Dec 2020

Counting the cost of COVID-19

Director Anna Houston counts the costs involved in the COVID-19-related postponement of the Australian premiere of Is God Is - and it's more than just financial.

Cyprus Avenue: Cities of Broken Men
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ArchivedOld Fitzroy Theatre, Woolloomooloo, Sydney 15 May - 8 Jun 2019

Cyprus Avenue: Cities of Broken Men

The history of Northern Ireland's civil strife is one of broken men, writes Anna Houston. Broken men not unlike our own.

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