Anna DeMers

Instructor Middlesex County College

Kean University


  <!-- [if gte mso 9]>-->Normal.dotm 0 0 1 451 2394 Kean University 47 8 3161 12.0 <!-- [if gte mso 9]>-->0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false <!-- [if gte mso 9]>--> <!-- [if gte mso 10]>-->/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} <!--StartFragment-->Anna DeMers is a movement and ensemble theatre educator. She specializes in the practices of Lecoq, Grotowski, Laban and as well as Bartenieff, Viewpoints and contemporary dance techniques. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in directing and movement, and her B.A. in Theatre from Rollins College. "I approach my theatre making and teaching from multiple perspectives as a director, dancer, choreographer, playwright and new media designer." 

Courses she has taught include: Movement for the Actor, Advanced Movement, The Performer’s Presence, New Media in Performance, and Acting 1.  Select Production Credits: <i>The Human Variations </i>(Blueprint Theater Project/NYC), <i>Speaking Of…</i> (YourMove: Jersey City Dance Festival). She came to New Jersey from Orlando, FL where she was a long time collaborator with Empty Spaces Theatre Co. choreographing and/or co-directing for <i>Phobias, Beckett Festival, Ubu Roi</i>, <i>Stripped, </i>and <i>Oedipus</i>. Other new works include: <i>Comings & Goings </i>(VOCI Dance), <i>Feedback on an 8 </i>Count (Harwood Dance). She is also a writer, having produced plays at various festivals including <i>Fe-or-Male </i>(Orlando Playfest), <i>Solo Face</i> and <i>Hidden Mandala</i> (Orlando Fringe). While in Florida, she was a member of Soul Play Dance Fusion, and VOCI Dance. Additional Direction/Choreography credits at Kean include: <i>9 Parts of Desire</i>, Mary Zimmerman’s <i>The Odyssey </i>(co-dir), <i>The Other Shore </i>and <i>Twelfth Night</i>. 

She is a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and the Association for Theatre Movement Educators. She is always seeking to remain current in her physical practices and with new techniques through professional development training including studying: Acrobats of the Heart – Grotowski workshop with Stephen Wangh, Lecoq pedagogy with Movement Theatre Studio NYC, and Tectonic Theatre Project’s Moment Work. Her current areas of creative scholarship and research include experiments with immersive performance experiences. She received the Students Partnering with Faculty Grant, from Kean University that culminated in the development of <i>STRUCTURES </i>an immersive, installation performance experience. Other current areas of research are an extension of her practice in the classroom, examining the pedagogical applications Jacques Lecoq and Jerzy Grotowski. She is in the process of researching the use of the Neutral Mask (as developed by Lecoq) as an actor-training tool, separate from the full Lecoq training. She has long-term plans for research on the methods of Jerzy Grotowski, including in depth study of master instructors and their approaches to the use of Corporals and Plastiques in contemporary theatre making and the connection between the mind and body in practice. The results of the research have potential for application in performance and course work. She also had a recent Commissioned Performance Review of <i>On The Beach</i> at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, published in <!--EndFragment--><i>Theatre Journal </i>Vol. 65, No.1, pp. 101-102, March 2013. Edited by Sarah Bay-Cheng. <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment--> <!--EndFragment-->

Movement Specialties:

Action Theatre



Devised Theatre

Grotowski Physical Theatre



Margolis Method


Movement for the Actor

Performance Art

Physical Characterization

Physical Theatre

Solo Performance

Sound and Movement



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