Anya Saffir

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Anya Saffir is a theater director, educator and writer based in and hailing from New York City. Directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing at the American Repertory Theater Institute, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Theater for a New City (ITBA Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Show; New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Score), Hamlet with Orpheus Productions (three New York Innovative Theater Award nominations, including Outstanding Direction), American Sojourns: Three Plays by Thornton Wilder at The Moscow Art Theater, an all-male Romeo and Juliet at The American Theater of Actors, a new translation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull which she co-developed with translator Moti Margolin, and Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique at The Abe Burrows Theater at Tisch School of the Arts. With composer Cormac Bluestone Anya co-wrote a musical adaptation of Marjorie Williams Bianco’s The Velveteen Rabbit, which premiered at Atlantic Theater Company (Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Family Show). Also for Atlantic Anya has directed original work for the 10×25 Play Festival and the New Works Series, as well as numerous student productions such as Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, and Pericles, to name a few. Anya has served as Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company and is a regular contributor on Shakespeare topics for National Public Radio’s The Takeaway.  She is currently the co-director of “It Makes a Sound,” a fictional podcast on the Night Vale Presents Network written by and starring Jacquelyn Landgraf. Anya has been on the faculty at Atlantic since 1997 and teaches Advanced Script Analysis classes in Chekhov, Shakespeare, Throughline, and Postwar British Drama. She has been a visiting professor and guest artist at The Center for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, Penn State Graduate Theater Program and Brave Studios in Melbourne, Australia, an Adjunct Professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and is currently on the faculty at Brooklyn College where she teaches Chekhov to the B.F.A. students. For more information please go to