Writer & director for theatre and television

Anya Reiss began her writing career in theatre with her debut play Spur of the Moment at the Royal Court Theatre in 2010. She won the Most Promising Playwright Award at both the Critics Circle and Evening Standard awards that year along with Best New Play at the TMAs.

Her follow up play The Acid Test was staged at the same venue the next year and her National Theatre Connections play Forty-Five Minutes was in 2013. Her original version of The Seagull, directed by Russell Bolam, was staged in 2012 at Southwark Playhouse, and they worked on two further modern-day Chekhovs together at the same venue and then St James Theatre. Since then her version of Spring Awakening toured with Headlong and an adaptation of Oliver Twist was at the Regents' Park Theatre in 2017.

Anya has worked in television, a core writer on Eastenders and a lead writer on series one of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge. She is currently writer-producer on Starz's Becoming Elizabeth which will air next year.



Writer & Creator & Executive Producer 

Producer George Ormond & George Faber (Exec Producers)

Elizabeth Tudor, an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown.

The Forge for Channel 4, Starz
In development


Co-created with Misha Glenny.

Cuba Pictures for BBC
In development
27 x 30'
Creator Tony Holland & Julia Smith
BBC for BBC One
Creator Malcolm Campbell, Kevin Erlis & Ayub Khan-Din

Comedy-drama set in a multicultural academy school.

The Forge for Channel 4



Producer Jamie Lloyd
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Chekhov adaptation.

    The Playhouse
    Director Caroline Byrne

    Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens.

    Regent's Park Theatre, July 2017
    Producer Jagged Fence Productions
    Director Russell Bolam

    Chekhov adaptation.

    St James' Theatre
    Producer Headlong, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Nuffield Theatre Co-Production
    Director Ben Kidd

    Frank Wedekind adaptation

    Producer Jagged Fence Productions & Danielle Tarento

    Chekhov adaptation.

    Southwark Playhouse
    Director Corinne Meredith

    Chaos erupts as students hurry to complete their UCAS applications before the deadline.

    Part of the 2013 NT Connections Festival.

    National Theatre / Orange Tree
    Director Simon Godwin

    An unruly comedy that asks whether age equals maturity.

    The Royal Court
    Spur of the Moment
    TMA Best New Play
    Director Jeremy Herrin

    Whilst Delilah's parents throw verbal grenades at one another, they barely notice their 21-year-old lodger beginning to notice their pre-teen daughter.

    The Royal Court


    Writer Rachel De-Lahay
    Tristan Bates Theatre
    Writer Rachel De-Lahay

    24 hour plays

    National Theatre



    Producer Charlie Hanson
    In development