Anna Birch (PhD), Artistic Director
Anna is Artistic Director for Fragments & Monuments film and performance company. Her web sites include www.fragmentsand monuments.com, www.wollstonecraftlive.com and www.theperformancekit.com. Her films from the five year project The Wollstonecraft Live Experience! can now be seen on YouTube along with early work from Fragments & Monuments. She has directed many first productions of new plays by women writers including April de Angelis and Marina Carr and she was Assistant Director to Max Stafford – Clark winning the first Gerald Chapman Award. Her current research focuses on site – specific and contemporary performance, directing, curating, gender and feminist art practices and models of Practice as Research. She is an honorary research fellow for SMARTlab and visiting artist to the University of the Arts London. see facebook and twitter ‘green dissent’
Dr Anna Birch, is Lecturer, Research at Royal Conservatoire Scotland (RCS)
in Glasgow. She is Artistic Director and founder member of Fragments & Monuments performance and film company, based in Hackney, East London, UK. She was delighted to be invited to direct early twentieth century play, A Pageant of Great Women (by Cicely Hamilton, originally directed by Edith Craig) for The Pioneer Players: Politics and the Art of Theatre international conference (convened by Dr Katharine Cockin, Hull University, UK) and to produce a film of the performance. The DVD is available as a reference and record to celebrate the anniversary of the original performance 100 years ago. Fragments & Monuments’ most recent DVD and art book The Wollstonecraft Live Experience! is now available. Fragments & Monuments’ exhibition, The Wollstonecraft Live Experience! specially curated for Hackney Museum in East London, UK, opened in February 2010 and Time Out gave it critics choice.
A dialogue between theory and practice can be found through Dr Anna Birch’s research outputs expressed in publications, websites and ongoing performance practice. Writing includes: a new collection, Performing Site-specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice, (forthcoming Palgrave) and a special edition of Contemporary Theatre Review both edited by Anna Birch and Joanne Tompkins. Birch, A. ‘Sighting/Citing History through Performance: The Wollstonecraft Live Experience!’ in Modes of Spectating, edited by Alison Oddey and Christine White, 2006. Bristol: Intellect: 231-242; Birch, A. ‘Staging and Citing Gendered Meanings: A practice-based study of representational strategies in live and mediated performance’ in Birgit Haas (Hg.): Der postfeministische Diskurs. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann: 79-100; DVD submission in Allegue, L, Jones, S, Kershaw, B and Piccini, A (eds). 2009. Practice-as-Research: In Performance and Screen. London: Palgrave Macmillan:193; reviews for journals such as Total Theatre.