Anna Himali Howard
Anna Himali Howard is a director, theatremaker and dramaturg. Her work has been staged at theatres including the Bush Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the Orange Tree and Birmingham REP. She trained on the Birmingham REP Foundry, as the Paines Plough Trainee Director, on the NT Studio Directors’ Programme and the Royal Opera House Directors’ Course. She was a Creative Associate at the Gate Theatre and is currently an Associate Artist at Brixton House. Her work with international companies includes directing for BE Festival, New Nordics, and the Royal Court International Playwrights Residency. She is interested in new writing, co-creation and working across genres to uproot classic texts.
Anna’s work as a Director includes I STAND FOR WHAT I STAND ON (upcoming, Strike A Light), INSIDE (Orange Tree Theatre), I WANNA BE YOURS by Zia Ahmed (Paines Plough/Bush Theatre), YOURS SINCERELY by Will Jackson (Birmingham REP), A SMALL PLACE by Jamaica Kincaid and Season Butler (Gate Theatre), ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre).
As a theatremaker work includes JANE ANGER (Yard Theatre Live Drafts), MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People's Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016).
Anna was Associate Director on FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour), Staff Director on SMALL ISLAND (National Theatre) and Assistant Director on OTHELLO at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is a visiting tutor on MA Dramaturgy at Birkbeck. Anna was Senior Reader at the Royal Court and is a reader for theatres and awards including the Royal Court, Bush Theatre, Soho Theatre and the Bruntwood Prize.
“The execution is exquisite. Anna Himali Howard’s bare-stage touring production for Paines Plough and Tamasha makes ingenious use of sign language to ironise and amplify as well as to translate.“ (The Guardian, I WANNA BE YOURS review, 2020)
“Directed with subtlety and grace by Anna Himali Howard” (The Stage, INSIDE review, 2021)
“Howard directs with a light touch, emphasising and embracing the humour which is soaked throughout Kincaid’s text, giving the piece this playfulness which ultimately comes around and knocks you on the head for laughing too readily…Not one moment feels extraneous.” (Exeunt Magazine, A SMALL PLACE review, 2018)