In 2009, she moved to London and completed her
Master of Arts in ‘Applied Drama: Theatre in Educational, Community and Social Contexts’, from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
During her masters she explored the application of theatrical and other artistic methods in different social contexts and organizations while also specializing in the Theatre of the Oppressed and the Forum Theatre technique inspired by Augusto Boal, with the writer and director Mojisola Adebayo. This method uses theatre as means of knowledge and transformation of the internal reality both in the area of personal relationships and social interaction. The audience become active during the show, and the constituent members explore, analyse and ultimately attempt to transform the reality in which they live.
Her Master’s Thesis explores the social environment that encourages obsessive preoccupation with women’s beauty and body image in Western societies and the ways in which Applied Theatre can serve as a transformative factor for their release from unrealistic and non-beneficial standards and objectives. In addition to the theoretical, sociological and psychological approach of the social environment, her research examined two theatrical performances that took place in Britain 30 years apart from each other. The performances were created by women who had an incentive to tackle their own problems as well as to open a broader discussion about:
- the growing trend of eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia nervosa)
- the epidemic Withdrawal Diets (deprivation diet) and
- the warped perception of women’s body image.
In the next two years, she undertook postgraduate studies in Psychoanalytic Dramatherapy at the University Anglia Ruskin in the city of Cambridge that led to a degree of :
Master of Arts in ‘Psychoanalytically Informed Dramatherapy’
Her training was based on the psychodynamic approach and, therefore, her clinical practice has its roots in Psychoanalytic Theory. She is inspired by Attachment Theory as originally formulated by the psychiatrist John Bowlby and developed by subsequent therapists. Her Postgraduate thesis, based on her theoretical training but also on her clinical work (case study), investigates and analyses the application of Psychoanalytic Dramatherapy to treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorder in adults.
Anna remained in Britain until 2015 where she worked in various capacities such as Drama facilitator, Dramatherapist and Director with many organizations, theatres, schools, and counselling centres such as:
- “Oval House Theatre”, Kennington, ‘We are London’ Project (14-22 year old people client group);
- Carefree Kids Charity, Waltham Forest : UK Based Charity that provides services for children with emotional & behavioural needs;
- Respond: UK Based Charity Charity that provides services for children and adults with learning disabilities and emotional & behavioural needs
- Camden Listening and Counseling Centre: Dramatherapy sessions with self-referred clients having symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, ADHD and emotional difficulties;
- Sutton House in Hackney, National Trust, South East London: Christmas Workshops for children and their families; and
- George Tomlinson Primary School
- Riverside Special School
- Chingford Junior School
She has also participated as an actress and director in many performances with autobiographical, social and/or therapeutic nature such as:
- ‘The View from Above’ Director Anna Doxastaki;
- ‘Star Quality’ Director Sian Pinder, Cambridge;
- ‘In the Woods’ Director Emma Bulmer, Cambridge;
- ‘The Zoo’ Forum Theatre Performance, under the direction of Amanda Carr;
- ‘Wanting to play her Role(s) in Life’ Director Anna Doxastaki, Cambridge; and
- ‘The Lily’ Directors: Hannah Griffiths, John Morales, London Southbank Festival
Anna has also attended the Cinematography Course “Narrative Film-Making” with Pete Gommes in City Lit College in London and in 2014 completed the short film “Rendez-Vous“.