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Anthea Williams is an award-winning theatre director and an emerging film director. She is a Churchill Fellow and develops both theatre and screen writing. Though born and raised in Christchurch she is currently based in Sydney. She trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (Directing) and the University of New South Wales.

Anthea first show for The Court Theatre was The Pink Hammer.

Anthea’s directing credits include Pony and Since Ali Died (Griffin); M’ap Boulé (UTP), Sleeplessness (Carriageworks); Winyanboga Yurringa; Hir; Kill the Messenger; Cinderella; Forget Me Not and Old Man(Belvoir), Flight Paths and Thing I Could Never Tell Steven (National Theatre of Parramatta), Mother’s Ruin (National and UK tours), The Humans (Red Line), Two Cigarettes; 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover; Turf; and The Great British Country Fete (The Bush), Love and Information; The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and #KillAllMen (NIDA) among others.

From 2011 to 2017 she was Literary Manager then Associate Director – New Work at Belvoir. From 2007 to 2011 Anthea was Associate Director bushfutures at London’s Bush Theatre.

Anthea’s short film Safety Net was part of the official selection for the Sydney Film Festival, Slamdance Festival and was shortlisted for Whānau Mārama - the New Zealand International Film Festival’s Best Short Award.

Anthea is thrilled to be back home in Christchurch to direct The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race.

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