Anna
Jordan

Theatre writer and director

Anna Jordan won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for her play Yen after having been twice longlisted for her plays Marianne and Chicken Shop. Yen has had productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016. 

Recently, Anna has written POP MUSIC for Paines Plough and The Unreturning for Frantic Assembly which will both tour from September 2018. She has also adapted Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children for Headlong.

Other theatre writing includes We Anchor In Hope (Royal Court Theatre - Beyond the Court), A Serious Case of the Fuckits (CSSD), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre), Freak (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios) and Offliners (LAMDA).

Writing for TV includes Succession (HBO), and a pilot of her own drama series on addiction Cluck (Little Brother Productions). Film includes The Ivory Year. (LAMDA) She is currently in the writer's room for Killing Eve (Sid Gentle).

Anna also directs and teaches acting. She directed Jonathan Harvey’s play Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy at The National Theatre Shed as part of National Theatre Connections. Other  directing experience includes Freak (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios), 3 Winters, Touched and The Crucible (Italia Conti BA Hons), Earthquakes in London (Arts Educational BA Hons), Crystal Springs (Eureka Theatre, San Francisco), Only Human (Theatre503) Vote of No Confidence (Theatre503). She has worked at many London drama schools teaching both acting and playwriting, including RADA, LAMDA, Central, Arts Ed and Italia Conti. She also runs her own company - Without a Paddle Theatre, as well as a support network for recent drama school graduates called The Long Game. She co-founded Hackney Showroom Young Actors - a free weekly acting training for young people based in Hackney.





CV

Theatre

Writer

YEN
Winner: Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013
Director Ned Bennett
Starring
  • Alex Austin
  • Sian Breckin
  • Jake Davies
  • Annes Elwy
  • Play about two teenage boys living alone whose world is changed when Jenny enters their lives
    Royal Exchange Theatre & Royal Court
    Chicken Shop
    Longlisted: Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2011
    Director Jemma Gross
    Starring
  • Angela Bull
  • John Last
  • Millie Reeves
  • Lucy Roslyn
  • Play about a teenage boy and his relationship with a trafficked prostitute

    Soho Theatre & Park Theatre
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Starring
  • Helen Carter
  • Aidan Clooke
  • Play about two strangers who meet at the top of a tower block in East London

    LAMDA
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre

    Double bill production of We Will Be Gone and Just For Fun – Totally Random

    Camden People’s Theatre
    Director Sophie Lifschutz
    Starring
  • Joseph Carswell
  • Evelyn Hoskins
  • Freya Parker
  • Work commissioned by primary school students based on the answers to the question "What does freedom mean to you?" Part of The Commissioners

    Company of Angels

    Writer & Director

    Creator Anna Jordan
    Producer Polly Ingham Productions
    Starring
  • Lia Burge
  • April Hughes
  • Provocative drama exploring the female sexuality of thirty year old Georgie and fifteen year old Leah

    Edinburgh Festival & Theatre 503

    Drama focused on six fictional eyewitnesses to the terrorist murder in Woolwich

    Soho Theatre
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Starring
  • Benjamin Francis
  • Matthew Bloxham
  • Alison King
  • Chrissy Gallon
  • Rupert Young
  • Collection of short plays

    Riverside Studios
    Starring
  • Chris Leask
  • Stephen Leask
  • Arcola Theatre

    Short Play

    The Bush Theatre
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre

    Series of three short plays

    Waterloo East Theatre
    Marianne
    Longlisted: Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2011
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Play about four people whose lives have been entirely changed by one event
    Wimbledon Studio Theatre & Trafalgar Studios
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Starring
  • Matthew Gammie
  • Natasha Campbell
  • Chris Urch
  • Play inspired by stories and anecdotes on Facebook

    Old Red Lion Theatre
    Closer to God
    Winner: Best Play Award & Audience Award for Best Play, Off Cut Festival
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Starring
  • Peter Gordon
  • Ursula Early
  • Short play about a seventeen year old single mother who lives next door to an eighty year old man at the top of a tower block
    Old Red Lion
    Just for Fun – Totally Random
    Winner: Best New Writing, Lost One Act Festival
    Starring
  • Nathan Ives-Moiba
  • Simon Manyonda
  • Ursula Early
  • Harry Melling
  • Chris Leask
  • Account of the last night of a street gang
    New End Theatre

    Director

    Writer Kathy Rucker
    Starring
  • Marissa Keltie
  • Siobhan Fitzgerald
  • Susan Shay
  • Amy Prosser
  • Sally Clawson
  • World premiere of a cautionary cyber tale

    Eureka Theatre San Francisco
    Writer Jonathan Harvey
    Part of National Theatre Connections
    National Theatre
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Writer Chris Urch
    Starring
  • Alex Papadakis
  • Josh McCord
  • Katie West
  • Lynn Howes
  • Sohm Kapila
  • Drama about three siblings who take the law into their own hands after their brother dies in Iraq

    Theatre 503
    Producer Without a Paddle Theatre
    Writer Rose Lewenstein
    Starring
  • Sophie Cosson
  • Jack Donnelly
  • Pearl Mackie
  • Euan MacNaughton
  • Play about a teenage stripper who makes an unexpected connection with an older man

    Theatre 503
    Writer Sarah Kane

    Drama school production of Sarah Kane's dark drama

    Identity Drama School
    Writer Timberlake Wertenbaker

    Drama school production

    Identity Drama School
    Writer James Graham

    Play about children in a school in Wootton Bassett

    Identity Drama School

    Television

    Writer

    New drama commission

    BBC
    In development
    Treatment for an original TV drama series
    Little Brother Productions
    In development

    Film

    Writer

    Director A J Quinn
    Starring
  • Raphael Acloque
  • Laura Schofield
  • Joseph Prowen
  • Tom York
  • Short film about a group of siblings who reunite each year to mark a tragic anniversary

    LAMDA

    Other

    Director

    Rehearsed reading at Hightide