Born in Tokyo and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Anna trained as a classical/bel canto singer and has since built her acting career with extensive experience in new works by composers and playwrights. She is the star of San Francisco Director, H.P. Mendoza's arthouse/experimental horror film, I Am a Ghost, which garnered high acclaim and numerous awards (Gravitas Ventures). She is an original cast member of Jason Craig and Dave Malloy's (Banana Bag & Bodice Co.) award-winning song play:  Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage having toured with the show in UK/QC/NYC/Boston, MA/Berkeley, CA (original production). 

Height: 5'4"

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eyes Color: Hazel

Soprano w/ high belt

 

Location: NYC

Bio

Theater

 

Off-Broadway

Henry VI: Parts 1&2                                        Somerset                            NAATCO/Stephen Brown-Fried

New York

Trigger                                                          Lee                                   Leviathan Lab/Flordelino Lagundino

Cymbeline                                                     Caius Lucius                       Stay Awake/Jeannie Marie-Brown

                  

Regional

MOBY-DICK (Fall 2019)                                   Flask                                  American Repertory Theater/Rachel Chavkin

Macbeth                                              Fleance/Lennox                   Cal Shakes/Victor Malana Maog

The Importance of Being Earnest                        Gwendolen                         Aurora Theatre/Josh Costello

Mr. Burns:  a post-electric play                           Jenny                                 A.C.T. & Guthrie Theatre/Mark Rucker                      

Water by the Spoonful                                     Orangutan                          TheatreWorks/Leslie Martinson                

Venus in Fur                                                    Vanda u/s                          American Conservatory Theater/Casey Stangl

It Can’t Happen Here                                       Mary Greenhill                    Berkeley Repertory Theater/Lisa Peterson

The Comedy of Errors                                       Adriana                              SF Shakespeare Festival/Ken Kelleher                                   **Beowulf—A Thousand Years of Baggage     Warrior 2                           American Repertory Theatre/Mallory Catlett & Rod Hipskind

Beardo                                                          Tsarista                               Shotgun Players/Patrick Dooley                  

                                                                                                              

Film

*I am a Ghost                                                Starring                               Gravitas Ventures/H.P. Mendoza                    

Bitter Melon                                                    Featured                              Ersatz Film/H.P. Mendoza                  

Voiceover                

*conflicts upon request

Readings/Workshops

Revenge Song (Qui Nguyen)                            Marie                                  The Orchard Project/Robert Ross Parker

Moby Dick (Dave Malloy)                                Flask                                    Berkeley Repertory Theater & The Public/Rachel Chavkin

Lucky Ones (The Bengsons)                               Ensemble                              Ars Nova/Anne Kauffman   

Special Skills:  Vocal Training:  (advanced) Musical Theater/Bel Canto/Rock/Pop. Languages:  German & Japanese (both moderate). Piano (beginner), Guitar (beginner) acupressure/massage (certified), yoga, extensive experience teaching/coaching children, can drive stickshift (CA DL), stage combat: broadsword/rapier/unarmed, valid passport

Education/Training

SITI Company 25th Annual Summer Workshop 

Shakespeare & Company 30th Annual Month-long Intensive 

Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts Vocational Certificate in Acting Technique

Mills College: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature 

Awards:

*Best Actress (I Am a Ghost): Tuscon Terrorfest (2012), Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei (2013) Returned 2015 as Chairman of the Jury & Special Jury Best Actress Mix Mexico 2012,

**Top 12 Best of Off-Broadway 2009 New Yorker & recipient of 2011 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival “Herald Angel” award

***2012 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award “Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role (Female)”

2012 San Francisco Bay Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Award: Theater

© 2017 Anna Ishida