Chiara D'Anna

Chiara is an actress, director and movement coach, who also lectures in Theatre Arts for the School of Art, Architecture and Design.


Chiara D'Anna

Chiara is a performer, a director and a physical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte specialist. Her PhD and current research at the School focuses on the legacy of Commedia dell’Arte in post-dramatic theatre with a particular focus on devised and ensemble performance.

Chiara has taught at some of the UK’s top educational institutions including Goldsmiths University, Rose Bruford College, RADA, East 15 Acting School, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Laban Centre, National Centre of Circus Arts, The Young Vic, Exeter University and the Central School of Ballet. She runs regular workshops and masterclasses on devising, physical theatre, Commedia dell’Arte, movement and screen acting.

As the founding member and artistic director of the award-winning physical theatre company Panta Rei Theatre, Chiara creates visceral, poetic and visionary performances inspired by the Grotesque, the Surreal and the Absurd.  Her body of work includes stage productions, multimedia performances, site-specific immersive work, happenings, performance-installations and Commedia dell'Arte shows. She has performed at the Pleasance Theatre, Riverside Studios, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Gardzienice Theatre Centre, CrisisArt Festival in Arezzo and at the Teatro Stabile di Torino (National Theatre of Turin, Italy).

As a screen actress Chiara starred opposite Sidse Babett Knudsen in the ward-winning The Duke of Burgundy (2014) after her debut alongside Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio (2012) – both directed by Peter Strickland. At the Toronto International Film Festival she won critical acclaims earning a special mention at the TIFF Springboard for the ‘13 Actors to watch out for’ and a place in ‘the 50 Best Lead Performances'. Her cinema credits include Native (2016), The Rook (2015)Circe and the Boy (2016) and Stars and Bones (2017) for which she received the Los Angeles Film Award for ‘Inspiring Woman in a Film’.

  • BSc and MSc in Geology from the University of Turin
  • MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway University, London
  • PhD in Performing Arts from London Metropolitan University
  • Physical theatre
  • Collaborative and devised theatre
  • Commedia dell’Arte
  • Methodologies for actor’s training
  • Movement, dance and spirituality
  • Cinema
  • Screen acting