Anna Chatterton

Anna Chatterton is a librettist, playwright and performer.  Anna's play Within the Glass received its premiere produced by Tarragon Theatre in January 2016 and was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award for Drama. Anna performed her solo play Quiver  produced by Nightwood Theatre in the fall, which also played at the Uno Festival in Victoria B.C.  Anna was recently commissioned by Alberta Theatre Projects to develop her play Cowgirl Up. Anna is a Playwright-in-Residence at Nightwood Theatre, developing her new play Heroine. Anna was the playwright for ProArteDanza's dance show Future Perfect Continuous (Harbourfront Centre). 

Anna was named a top ten Toronto theatre artist of 2016 by NOW Magazine. She writes and performs with the acclaimed feminist theatre collective Independent Aunties (with Evalyn Parry and Karin Randoja). The Aunties have created six shows together, all co-written by Anna and Evalyn Parry, including Clean Irene & Dirty Maxine (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Frances, Mathilda and Tea (Theatre Passe Muraille) and Breakfast (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and the Theatre Centre). The Aunties most recent play Gertrude and Alice was co-produced with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and received 2016 Dora nominations for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Anna was also awarded Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Alice by the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards and a My Entertainment World award for Best Actress.

As a librettist, Anna's opera Rocking Horse Winner (Tapestry Opera/Scottish Opera) won the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production of a New Opera and was nominated for Outstanding New Opera.   Her work has been commissioned and produced by Canadian Opera Company (Swoon) ,Tapestry Opera (See Saw), World Stage/Harbourfront Centre (Voice-Box), The Banff Centre (Crush), Toronto Masque Theatre (The Man Who Married Himself ), Theatre Centre and Urbanvessel (Stitch), Voice ++ Festival , and The Sound Symposium (Province of Impossible). Stitch (composer Juliet Palmer) was nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Opera and Anna has been nominated three times for the K.M. Hunter Award for Theatre. 

Anna recently wrote the libretto for Sweat for the Centre for Contemporary Opera which premiered in Brooklyn NY. The Canadian premiere was produced by Bicycle Opera Projects and toured Southern Ontario this summer.  

Anna has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University.

Upcoming Publications:

Gertrude and Alice, (co-written with Evalyn Parry, in collaboration with Karin Randoja), Playwrights Canada Press, Winter 2018

Quiver, Playwrights Canada Presss, Fall 2018

Twitter: @a_chatterton




Award Category Year Play
Governor General's Literary Award Finalist Drama 2017 Within the Glass
Toronto Theatre Critics Award Best Supporting Actress 2016