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Anna Ryder

Director Tyne and Wear

I am a freelance director specialising in developing and directing new writing. Predominantly based in the North East, I am an Associate Artist at Live Theatre, Newcastle.

I am interested in directing narratives that explore our relationship with power, class and gender, and that interrogate the social structures that maintain inequality and violence within our society.
I am interested in big stories that offer alternative perspectives on familiar personal experiences, and in small stories that challenge our perceptions of wider social issues.

I also work as a script-reader, dramaturg and facilitator. I regularly run creative writing workshops with young people and students.



Currently: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, King John and The Whip, RSC Winter Swan season, 6 months, 2019/20

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Land:Beating The Bounds, Live Theatre and Northumbria University, 1 week, 2019

DIRECTOR, Locker Room Talk, Live Theatre, 2 shows, 2019

DIRECTOR, Stupid, Northern Stage and Alphabetti Theatre, 2 dates, 2018/19

DIRECTOR, Melva, Mortal Fools, 4 weeks, 2017/18

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Broken Biscuits, Paines Plough, 9 weeks tour, 2016

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Get Carter, Northern Stage-JMK Bursary winner, 3 weeks, 2016

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Wet House, Live Theatre (plus tour to Hull Truck and Soho Theatre), 6 weeks, 2014

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Tallest Tales From The Furthest Forest, 4 weeks, 2013


RSC and CSSD, Movement and Directing workshop, 2019

Envelope Room and JMK, Directing and Design, 2019

Introduction To Opera Directing, Royal Opera House, 2017

Young Vic Reach Out Intensive Weekend 2016

NT Directors course 2020


2-5 years


Music - Can Read
Working with Young People