Anna Dean is a director, performer and writer based in London. Her work interplays between screen and stage, illuminating queer-feminine experience and desire.
Anna is co-director of Vanity Pictures, a film production company founded with Hannie McBride.
Anna has directed, performed in, and produced work at venues including the Barbican, V&A, Battersea Arts Centre and many others. As a member of Louise Orwin company, she co-created and performed in the award-nominated show CRY CRY KILL KILL.
Anna recently completed directing mentorship with Katie Mitchell at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she was selected for an artist development program.She is also a Master of Arts graduate (Theatre & Performance, Queen Mary, Distinction, December 2019).
Anna’s extensive professional experience in the arts informs her interdisciplinary perspective. Anna co-ordinated the latest Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London and sits on the screening committee. She previously worked at the Barbican centre in both the Visual Art and Theatre & Dance departments, and interned at Lèvy Gorvy gallery. Her creative vision is defined by her unique aesthetic language, which draws from art, film and performance history to re-present femme gaze in contemporary contexts.