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  Anna Newell  

Since 1989, Anna Newell has been a freelance theatre-maker, directing and devising professional, community and youth projects and performances in Scotland and beyond. Formerly Associate Director, Dundee Rep. Work outside Scotland included The Royal Court YPT, Holloway Prison and The Theatre on the Square, Memphis.

She directed for Tinderbox in 2008 and for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in 2009 for whom she also ran actor training programmes in 2009 and 2010.

16 years ago, she accidentally set up a large-scale women's community acapella harmony singing group in Dundee, called Loadsaweeminsingin.

4 years ago she set up, and continues to run, Feile Women's Singing Group, Belfast.

These groups have supported, among others, Eddie Reader, Mary Black, Brian Kennedy and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. With these groups, Anna has also created a bespoke Dundonian operetta with singer-songwriter Michael Marra, several large-scale theatre productions and a concert for babies.

 

 

  Between 2005 and 2010, Anna Newell was the Artistic Director for the Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts at Queen's University Belfast; imagining, developing and directing an eclectic and cutting-edge portfolio of practical interdisciplinary arts projects, workshops and performances, working with students, staff and artists from the creative and performing arts and beyond. These included, among many, many others:
  • projects which got doctors dancing
  • areyoucomingouttoplay? -
    a pan-University project
  • a performance exchange with the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo
  • a physical theatre piece created for the Belfast Children's Festival
  • a singing project which brought together staff and students from across the University
  • a brand new interdisciplinary arts MA experience with modules called Adventures and Further Adventures, resulting in balloon launches, various gigs, happenings, exhibitions and performances in an old gaol, a disused library and a former police station
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