Anna Houston

Anna Houston

Anna is an actor, playwright and director deeply invested in the process and mechanics of storytelling for live performance.

In 2004 she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Acting. Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies at Perth’s Curtin University, where she majored in Theatre Arts and Gender Studies. In 2010, Anna travelled to Paris and trained for twelve months at Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

As a professional actor, she has performed for the Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, and Sport for Jove.  Her work as an actor has taken her around Australia on five national tours, and internationally to Europe and Asia for commercial theatre productions that include the National Theatre of UK’s production of War Horse.

Anna’s directing credits include David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue at the Old Fitz Theatre, Karaoke by Matthew Whittet for Bondi Feast, and Ella Hickson’s Eight for the Sydney Fringe Festival.

In 2009 she wrote her first full length play In The Garden, which was long listed for the 2010 Patrick White Award, presented by the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2010, In The Garden was produced by Deckchair Theatre Company in Fremantle, Western Australia. Her second full length play Vanessa Darling was selected by Playwriting Australia for a National Script Workshop in 2015.