Anna Jahjah

Anna studied theatre in Paris where she performed in both classical and contemporary plays.

Her directing career began after this, with comedia dell’arte plays and Anglophone theatre. In addition, she worked as a story-teller at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, performed in radio plays, and made documentaries about life in Lebanon. Whilst directing, she also worked as a drama teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. Since her arrival in Australia, she has been eager to share her multicultural experiences, directing non Australian plays and running drama workshops for adults and students in English, French and Arabic.

She still works overseas as an actor and has recently toured the USA with The Lesson by Ionesco.

After focusing on Canadian, Lebanese and Spanish theatre, Anna was thrilled to direct French play Exit The King by Ionesco and Mexican play, Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida by Humberto Robles in 2019. In 2022, she will be focusing on directing two plays: Son of Byblos by James Elazzi at 25A/Belvoir Downstairs, and Tideline by Wajdi Mouawad, which had to be postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic. One thing she learned from that experience was to never give up!