Anna-Helena McLean (UK)


Anna-Helena is the Founder and Artistic Director of Moon Fool, ACT Ensemble Practice, ACT Youth and the folk music collective Day & Night. She is a graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London in Music and Drama, where she specialised in ensemble and solo performance on the cello. As a cellist and singer, Anna-Helena has toured and recorded with bands all over the world. She has been a principal member of the Polish physical theatre company Gardzienice for more than seven years. Performance includes: Metamorphoses;  Electra  (LaMama, New York / The Barbican);  Awake  (Jackson’s Lane). Productions include:  The Lear  (The Nightingale);  Romeo and Juliet  (Teaterhaus Mitte Berlin);  III Met By Moonlight  (Arcola Theatre / National Tour). As an actor musician:  How to Be Immortal  by Penny Dreadful (Jackson’s Lane / Soho Theatre / The Lowry);  King Charles III  by Mike Bartlett (London’s West End); Bangarang by Poor Boy Theatre (Dundee Rep).  As composer and movement director:  Arquiem  (Periplum / National Theatre);  Nothing Left to Lose  (Company:Collisions / London International Mime Festival);  The Glasgow Girls  (National Theatre Scotland). Anna-Helena created and performed a solo cabaret adaptation of  A Midsummer Night’s DreamTitania, receiving rave reviews at Edinburgh Festival 2015 and directed a youth adaptation of  The Tempest commissioned for Shakespeare Week. She composed and directed a large scale ensemble work,  Storm in Chicago 2015 also to critical acclaim. Serves as guest director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and DePaul University School of Theatre, alongside regular posts at universities, circus and drama schools in Europe and beyond.


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