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Anna Steers

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Bio: Anna is an actor, educator and director. Since 2010 Anna has taught multiple subjects in the Department of Theatre Arts at CSULB, such as Theatre of Community Engagement, Meisner, Advanced Meisner, Uta Hagen, Script Analysis, Theatre Today, Introduction to Theatre for the 21st Century and EPIC (Educational Performance in Community).

Anna trained extensively at Oxford University (BADA), University of San Francisco (BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice), Anne Bogart’s SITI Company (Suzuki/Viewpoints), The John Ruskin School of Acting(Meisner) and Teacher Development Program at The Actors Center in NYC, she holds an MFA in Acting/Directing from California State University Long Beach.

TV/film appearances include Day out of Days by Zoe Cassavetes, short film Strangers, feature films Shadows of the Dead and Coldplay, American Body Shop (Comedy Central), Las Vegas (NBC), Bill Nye the Science Guy (Jean) and iDrive digital commercial. San Francisco theatre credits include Angels in America, Blue Room, and Blind Spot. Cal Rep theatre credits include Blackbird, Quills, Hyacinth Macaw, Festen, Brittannicus, Out of Thin Air, Saint Plays, Kentucky Cycle, And the War Came and Pool of Bethesda. Other LA credits: Through the Lyres Strings at Ruskin Group Theatre, Tartuffe and A Chorusline at Norris Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors Curtains Up! Theatre. Directing credits: created/directed the CSULB University Players production #ethnocentricCRAP and co-directed devised play In or Out. Directed for the 24 Hour Plays in collaboration with Cornerstone Theatre Comapany.

Ms. Steers has developed and directed summer conservatory programs at Mount Holyoke College, Long Beach Playhouse and Shakespeare Santa Barbara. Her philanthropic work, inspired by theatre for social change, led her to teach at an orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Most recently at CSULB, Anna's EPIC classes worked in collaboration with such Long Beach communities as Kaiser Permanente, the VA Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, Women to Women Shelter, Flossie Lewis, Long Beach LGBTQ Center and Arts and Services for the Disabled. Ms. Steers received a grant from Cal State's Center for Community Engagement to create the first authenticated Service-Learning course implemented in Theatre Arts curriculum. Anna is co-founder of The Actors Lab at Manhattan Beach Studios, she is a founding member of The National Alliance of Acting Teachers.