Professor Anna Furse directs the MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London, curates The Performance Research Forum, co-directs the Centre of the Body, and is on the Editorial Board of Goldsmiths Press. She is also a frequent international conference speaker.
Anna originally trained with the Royal Ballet, studied with Peter Brook’s ICTR, Paris, Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium paratheatre (Poland and France), and at the University of Bristol and Goldsmiths. She worked as a dance writer, performance maker, writer and activist in the emerging New Dance movement in the 1980's, co-founding Chisenhale Dance Space, before specialising in theatre as a director and writer. Her 20-year career in the industry as an award-winning director and writer prior to HE includes productions with many companies and producing houses, and as Artistic Director of Paines Plough (1990-1995) with whom she pioneered innovations in new writing dramaturgies.
A creative and critical writer, her research and her creative writing since her academic career have delved into eating disorders, hysterias, (sub)fertility and reproduction, anatomy, and the woman's presence in the medical gaze. She has developed her own movement methodology 'Graphic Body', and taught and led performance projects internationally for over three decades. Her current project The Theatre of Our Bodies reflects on European Anatomy Theatres, exploring the cultural history and meaning of the opened, parsed cadaver, and public ignorance of the facticity of visceral interiority. This includes a production Anna Furse performs an Anatomy Act: a show and tell, and a digital publication I’m Not a Piece of Meat (2018), both commissioned by CREATE (the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland and CAPP [Collaborative Art Partnership Programme]). CAPP is a transnational programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union); and a Wellcome Trust-funded interdisciplinary talks series Interiorities, co-curated with Dawn Kemp, Director of Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons (Old Operating Theatre Museum and Freud Museum 2017).
Her publications include chapters and articles, several plays, and an anthology she edited Theatre in Pieces: Poetics, Politics and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (Methuen 2011) that includes the text of her co-production with Mladinsko Gledalisce, Ljubljana, Don Juan.Who?/Don Juan.Kdo? (FeEAST Festival, Riverside Studios, 2009).