Anna Yen

Anna Yen portraitANNA YEN is a performer, movement teacher, devisor, director and writer. Her acclaimed one-woman show ‘Chinese Take Away’ and its film adaptation toured to festivals in Asia, Europe, Australia & USA.

She performed in ‘Monsteria’ with GUSH, ‘The Serpent’s Table’ – CAAP/ Griffin Theatre/ Sydney Festival, ‘A Creation Myth’ – tunCLOUD, ‘Waterwheel Installation’, ‘The Mop Up Professionals’, ‘Phoenix Rising’, BrisAsia Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Anna 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 and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Summer School. She also studied with renowned European theatre teacher Monika Pagneux in Europe and Australia, 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.

Anna is a Guest Artist at Yeronga State High School’s YConnect project. She has taught 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 was an Artist in Resident in Charlieville for Blue Roo’s Spring into Circus project 2014. 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; Matilda Award Special Commendation for ‘Chinese Take Away’; Matilda Award for Best Costume and Bank SA Weekly Best Circus / Physical Theatre 2018 as part of GUSH for ‘Monsteria”; the Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship for Performing Arts (2002); and the 2014 Creative Partnerships Art and Health Award (Qld) with The Lamingtons, Wesley Mission Brisbane and Griffith University for their Playful Engagement project reducing isolation for people living with dementia. Anna was a Finalist in the 2018/19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award with her play “Slow Boat”.

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