ANNA YEN is a performer, movement teacher, devisor and director. Her acclaimed one-woman show ‘Chinese Take Away’ and its film adaptation toured to festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia & USA.
She recently performed in “It All Begins With Love” Creative Regions, ‘The Serpent’s Table’ – Sydney Festival, ‘A Creation Myth’ – tunCLOUD, ‘Waterwheel Installation’, ‘Phoenix Rising’, BrisAsia Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Anna also performed with Rock’n’Roll Circus (now CIRCA), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, La Boite Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, and Encounters. Her collaborative physical / visual work ‘White Sheets’ Project was part of ‘Undiscovered Country’ at the 2007 OzAsia Festival. ‘The Case of All Things’ with Jeff Turpin toured to Taiwan.
Anna trained with Philippe Gaulier, Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Shanghai Circus School, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Summer School, Hull Actors Studio and Andrea Moor. She also studied with renowned European theatre teacher Monika Pagneux including being invited to her Pedagogy Courses in Barcelona 2007-13. Inspired by Pagneux, Anna trained as a Feldenkrais Method ® Practitioner, graduating in 2000. She has presented PlayMoves – Movement Workshops for Performance throughout Australia.
As a teacher, she has worked for QUT, University of Southern Qld, Griffith University, University of Qld, Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Playback Brisbane, Drama Qld and QTC. She teaches Awareness Through Movement at the Qld Conservatorium of Music.
Anna directed shows for Vulcana Women’s Circus, Performers4Peace, Backbone, University of Qld, Amnesty International, Griffith University, QUT, Heidi Hillier, Sunny Drake, and was Assistant Director on AWGIE Award winning ‘Kese Solwata’.
Anna received Best Actor (Female) Award 2006 Qld Short Film Festival, a Matilda Award Special Commendation for ‘Chinese Take Away’, a Churchill Fellowship, and as a clown with The Lamingtons won the 2014 Creative Partnerships Art and Health Award (Qld).