Tonic Theatre Award winner 2017 for ‘women who are changing the face of UK  Theatre’


Shortlisted for the Ellen Stewart Award 2016 for theatremakers whose work with/for young people has had a major social impact.

"a hero of children's theatre"

The Guardian

"Early Years theatre pioneer"

The Irish Times

Anna Newell has been making theatre adventures for people of all ages to watch and to take part in since 1989 - in theatres of all sizes, in a disused police station, in a shopping centre, on a barge, in a sonic lab, in a hydropool and in a secret apartment - in various cities in the UK and Ireland and also in the US, South Africa and Bosnia.


She created the world’s first BabyDay, introduced theatre for children and young people with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties) into Ireland and helped start babytheatre in South Africa.  


Her work for Early Years audiences has been seen on six continents.  

Her shows are informed and inspired by her audience at every stage of their creation and have human connection at their very heart.


She is based in Bray, Ireland.

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