ANNA ABHAU ELLIOTT
AnnaAbhau at gmail.com // www.AnnaAbhau.com
Anna works as playwright, actor, director, producer, and amateur historian to create new performances both on and far, far off stage. She seeks to create a radical community theater: how can a performance serve the citizens where it takes place? She was born in Philadelphia, PA, and attended New York University’s drama program, where she studied at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, The Classical Studio, and went abroad to the Moscow Art Theatre. She interned with The Debate Society and Pig Iron Theatre Company.
From college until 2015, Anna lived in New York City, where she has performed at The Whitney Biennial (Andrea Geyer’s Comrades of Time), The Public Theater (600 Highwaymen’s The Record), PS122, The Living Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, and many others. She has worked with The Assembly since 2010, with whom she devised "Seagullmachine" (in-progress) and HOME/SICK (New York Times Critic’s Pick).
In 2015, Anna was awarded a residency with Hub-Bub in Spartanburg, SC. In South Carolina, Anna has participated in many firsts: she has debuted new plays at the Spartanburg Little Theatre (Ghost Variations & Untitled Reconstruction Play), founded an improv troupe called AiR BUD, co-founded an outdoor Shakespeare theater company, & created the first ever evening of performance art in the Spartanburg Art Museum.
AiR BUD Improv, with Anna at the helm, has remained an active improv troupe in the Upstate. AiR BUD offers free classes for adults & teaches youth through the Spartanburg Little Theatre. AiR BUD has performed with Hub City Comedy, Hub-Bub, Upstate Pride, Spartanburg Democrats, and Alchemy Comedy, in Greenville.
With her cohorts Robin Schwartzman and Desiree Moore from Hub-Bub, Anna is 1/3 of Radar Art Collective, a multi-disciplinary group that bridges the gap between contemporary art and the general public. Created with Moore on a frozen lake, Cold War/M Up (Art Shanty, Minneapolis) asked visitors to decode riddles and tell stories. With Moore and Schwartzman, Barter Boat (Northern Spark, Minneapolis & INlightIN, Indianapolis) asks passersby to barter for miniature sculptures.
In the past year, Anna has created performance art, acted in plays, and completed residencies all over the country: in California, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Indiana. She remains a proud Associate Artist with The Assembly.
New York University: Tisch School of the Arts - BFA in Drama, 2011
Founder's Day Award
BARTER BOAT (with RaDaR Art Collective)
IN light IN Festival, Indianapolis IN, August 2016
Northern Spark Festival, Minneapolis MN, June & July 2016
HOME/SICK (devised with The Assembly)
The Odyssey Theatre, Full Production, Los Angeles, June 2016 (dir. Jess Chayes)
Wesleyan University, Full Production, Middletown CT, January 2014 (dir. Jess Chayes)
The Living Theatre, undergroundzero festival, New York City, Full Production, October 2012
UNTITLED RECONSTRUCTION PLAY (with Speaking Down Barriers)
Spartanburg Little Theatre, Full Production, May 2016 (dir. Chandler Crawford)
TAKING TEA (with Patric Phillips)
Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC 2016
COLD WAR/M UP (with Desiree Moore & Robin Schwartzman)
Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis, MN 2016
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Scrappy Shakespeare Theater Collective, Full Production, Spartanburg, SC 2015
OLDIES BUT GOODIES (with Desiree Moore)
Hub-Bub Showroom, Spartanburg, SC 2015
Dutch Kills Theater Company, Reading, New York City, November 2015 (dir. Daniel Dabdoub)
Fresh Ground Pepper, Reading, New York City, August 2015
Spartanburg Little Theater, Workshop Production, June 2015
KEEP THIS FOR YOUR RECORDS
Dutch Kills Theater Company, Reading, New York City, September 2014 (dir. Annie Tippe)
Grants & Awards
- The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg Community Grant: Untitled Reconstruction Play, 2015
- Finalist: Fresh Ground Pepper Artist-in-Residence, 2015
- New York University: Founder’s Day Award, 2011
- 2016: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts: Multi-Disciplinary Artist, Nebraska City, NE
- 2016: West Main Artists Cooperative: Artist in Residence, Spartanburg, SC
- 2015: Hub-Bub Theater Artist-in-Residence, Spartanburg, SC
- 2013 & 2015: Fresh Ground Pepper BRB Retreat, New York City/Bethlehem, PA
- 2013: Pilot Balloon Pop-Up Artist Residency, Lawrence, KS