Anna Girvan trained at the University of Sussex, and went on to an MA in Theatre Directing at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She set up a theatre company, Juncture Theatre, and won funding to take shows to the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. After making theatre in Bristol for Anna was selected as a Jerwood Assistant Directors at the Young Vic where she assisted Natalie Abrahami on Happy Days starring Juliet Stevenson. As part of the programme she also directed a new short play, Someone Else, written for her by Patrick Marber. Anna then spent a year as associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company to Simon Godwin on Hamlet and Greg Doran on King Lear which subsequently toured and performed in New York and Washington. Since then Anna has been associate to many institutions and companies alongside directing her own work at theatres including Tobacco Factory Theatres, Southwark Playhouse and Northern Stage. She is an RSC creative fellow and has been shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 and The Peter Hall Directors Award.
Directing credits include: The Invisible Man (Northern Stage), Our Country’s Good (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Twelfth Night (Southwark Playhouse), When We Begin (Latitude Festival), Rudolf (Midlands Arts Centre), Re: Union (Southwark Playhouse), The Internet Was Made For Adults (Vaults Festival) Go Between, Someone Else and Room 504 (Young Vic), Contractions (Trafalgar Studios 2), A Little Nonsense (Pleasance Edinburgh), Se7en Dwarfs (Wardrobe Theatre), Debris (Alma Tavern).
Associate/Assistant directing credits include: Orlando (The Garrick), The Glass Menagerie (Duke of York's), Leopoldstadt (Wyndham's and Broadway), Noises Off! (The Garrick); Exit the King, The Red Lion and The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre), People, Places and Things (UK tour), Sancho: An Act of Remembrance (UK Tour), Hamlet and King Lear (RSC and UK and US tour), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Happy Days (Young Vic), Glengarry Glen Ross (Ustinov), The Lion King (Zebra UK Tour), The Lady in the Van and A Voyage Round My Father (Salisbury Playhouse), The Good Companions (Bristol Old Vic).
Visiting Director credits inlcude: Comedy of Errors, Albion and Julius Caesar (Mountview), Much Ado About Nothing (Guildhall), The Changeling, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It (Royal Academy of Music), Five Visions of the Faithful (Bristol Old Vic).