Anna Saavedra

(*1984)
Playwright and dramaturge.

Distinctive women’s stories, women’s topics, actresses destroying social stereotypes.

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Anna Saavedra is the author of ten plays, in 2011–2015, she worked as a dramaturge and the residential author of the HaDivadlo in Brno. She is the author of plays The House of Seven Cockroaches (book 2010), Czech Currency, A Secret Message from the Planet of Mothers (performed at the Ein Stück: Tschechien festival in Berlin in 2014 and Portland State University in the USA), Smokers and Saviors, Dealers of Physical Love, Olga (Horrors from Hrádeček) – translated into French, staged as a scenic sketch at the 1st festival of Czech Theatre in France (Fais un saut à Prague), Travelling, The Seagull, The Death of Subscribers, Mamma guerilla, adaptations (Jane Eyre/Thorn Field, Eve, Eve!/Gazdina roba, The Fever, Hedda Gabler – A Play with a Dead Mouse) and prose/scenic performances (The Metamorphosis, Diaries from Chile, The Stranger, A Woman Skillful in Speaking, To Vanish in the Soil). She is engaged in projects of theatre in social action and works with the Tripitaka and Nesehnutí citizen associations and the Feste Theatre (projects like Paso a paso/The Journey of a Wounded Warrior, Samodiva – Theatre Blues for Mother’s Solo) and has participated in the productions of A Sad Place to Swim, WWW – Down the Rabbit Hole and in the cabaret evenings cycle of Triptych in the Glass Meadow club in Brno. Her plays and adaptations have been staged by the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, HaDivadlo, LETÍ Theatre, Feste Theatre, Slovak National Theatre, Silesian Theatre Opava and others. She wrote a fairy tale Hubert and Wizard’s Suitcase for Czech Radio. As the PhD student at JAMU, she is working on her thesis Identity Drama: Contemporary Czech Drama Through the Lens of Gender Theories. Anna Saavedra is the protagonist of the documentary Fatal Roots, which was part of the Babylon series (2013, Česká televize).

Anna Saavedra graduated from theatre dramaturgy at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. She is a member of the Ateliér Theatre, Eva Tálská House Studio, the elite clown association Champ de pension and the independent association Šavgoč. She is also active in music – she has played the accordion, piano, electric guitar (the underground band Děsně hustý roštěnky, music group HaMba in HaDivadlo).

Anna Saavedra received the Evald Schorm Award for the third (2010, The House of Seven Cockroaches) and first place (2011, Smokers and Saviors) in the competition for the theatre school students. In 2013, her short story Ley lines was acknowledged in the international literary competition Narraton V4 tournée. In 2017, she received the Theatre Critics’ Award in the category of The Best Czech Play Staged for the First Time 2016 for her play Olga (Horrors from Hrádeček).

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