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Anna Birch

Anna Birch

Anna Birch (PhD), is Artistic Director and founder member of Fragments & Monuments performance and Film Company, based in Hackney, East London, UK and currently Lecturer, Research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow where she is supervising a number of PhD students.

Anna has produced and directed a series of projects in public spaces, theatres and galleries, which focus on how site- specific performance and film can develop and challenge gender vocabularies. By using iterative performance and film, book publishing and Internet broadcast since 2000 this work has resulted in an on-going and living monument to Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797). She is interested in how this use of multimedia in her projects provides an essential link to the performativity of particular feminist achievements through history.

Her work is found in libraries, museums and specialist archive holdings as evidence of the hidden histories of women’s achievement. The Wollstonecraft Live Experience! (January – March 2010) for Hackney Museum, London featured A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792) from the Hackney Archive and a specially produced companion volume “The Wollstonecraft Live Experience!” (ISBN 978-0-9568008-0-0) by Anna Birch and Taey Iohe (2010) funded by Hackney Museum. Awarded Time Out critics choice listing.

Anna’s first productions of plays by April de Angelis and Marina Carr made her early career in developing, directing and producing new writing notable. She trained as a director under Max Stafford-Clark and was the first winner of the Gerald Chapman Award at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

As a practice-led researcher, publishing includes co-editing Site-Specificity and Mobility, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol 22, Issue 2 (Routledge) and a collection entitled Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice which includes her latest essay ‘Repetition and Performativity: Site-Specific Performance and Film as Living Monument’ (Palgrave, 2012) both with Prof. Joanne Tompkins (University of Queensland, Australia).

In 2011 she directed A Pageant of Great Women by Cicely Hamilton (DVD, Fragments & Monuments ISBN 978-0-9568008-1-7) for a centenary conference and celebrations marking the founding of the Pioneer Players theatre society, University of Hull, UK. She is now working with Glasgow Women’s Library to re – frame this remarkable script; drawing on the library’s archive to create a site- specific performance and film.