ANNA BIRCH is the Artistic Director for Fragments & Monuments, a professional theatre director (trained at the Royal Court Theatre, London) who recently completed her PhD in performance, gender and location at University of the Arts, London.
Her first productions of plays by April de Angelis and Marina Carr made her early career in developing and producing new writing notable. She was the first to win the Gerald Chapman Trainee Director Award at the Royal Court Theatre, London.
Subsequently she has gained an MA in Independent Film and Video (L.C.P.) and her scenographic and dramaturgical style has evolved into major site-based, multi-media performance projects most recently Di’s Midsummer Night Party (2000) and currently Wollstonecraft Live! written by Kaethe Fine, conceived by Anna Birch and Kaethe Fine, and produced and directed by Anna Birch for September 2005, to be projected on Newington Green (2006). She has been invited to remount Wollstonecraft Live! in Ohio, USA (2007) where she will further develop the performance technology innovations which now characterise her practice. Her short film of Di’s Midsummer Night Party (2001) was screened on the front of Clissold House (2001) and at the Cochrane Theatre, Royal College of Art, OMSK (2002-03).
She is a Board member for MAYA, a Hackney based theatre company specialising in diversity and new writing and a Governor for Stoke Newington Media Arts College. She is a Fellow Researcher for SMARTlab, UK based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she teaches on the BA: Theatre Design for Performance.
Fragments & Monuments recent credits include:
• 2002: Celebrate Jeanetta Cochrane/ Keyworx presentation at Theatre, Gender and beyond and Mediatheque Director: Anna Birch, Production Assistant: Jana Riedel (SMARTlab UK), Performers: Cairo Cannon, Jo Crilly, Jessica Gerger, Vesna Milanovic, Sue Maund, Mya Henebry, Faith Tingle. The Cochrane Theatre, London.
• 2001: Di's Midsummer Night Party. Out door screening onto Clissold House, Stoke Newington, London as part of Stoke Newington Festival. Directed by Anna Birch. Directors of Photography: Lucy Bristow and Matt Fox.
• 2000: Di's Midsummer Night Party. Site-based performance at Clissold House, Stoke Newington, London as part of Stoke Newington Festival. Directed by Anna Birch with Scenographer Madelon Schwirtz, Choreographer Sheila Ghelani. Performers : Rosella Emmanuelle, Angela O’Mahoney, Di Sherlock, Navtej Singh Johar, Faith Tingle. Directors of Photography: Lucy Bristow and Matt Fox.
• 1998: Lovely Stones, Scenofest 1998, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Site-specific performance in bus/warehouse site. Written by Janet Goddard, Directed by Anna Birch, Scenographer: Madelon Schwirtz with Adela 82 years old: Faith Tingle, Julie 130 years old: Rosy Fordham, Lucy Burden: Diana, Sherlina Chamberlain: Shalawah, Lighting Designer: Peter Nigrini, Technical Manager: Simon Taylor, Sound & Music Consultant: Jessica Higgs, Film Consultant: Vivienne Dick.
• 1996: Dogs are Alone Too and They Live!, Lethaby Gallery (C.S.M.) and Hogeschool moor Kunsten, Utrecht. Performance installation in art gallery. Concept and design : Madelon Schwirtz, Directed by Anna Birch, Adela : Tracy Bickley, Miss Julie:Lucy Burden.