Anna is a Canadian Director, Movement Director, award-winning Choreographer specializing in live theatre, corporate, industrial, and international mega-events. She hails from Vancouver - the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
Anna's work enhances a production by developing movement languages that support the artistic vision, sharpen narrative, and solidify the unique world of the show. In collaboration with the Director and Performers, Anna builds dynamic stage pictures, movement sequences, narrative transitions, and assists the actor in unlocking embodied physical nuances of their character.
Anna has worked with performers of every experience level - from actors, to professional dancers, to volunteers. Whether she is working one-on-one or leading a group of 1,500, Anna brings her infectious positivity, hawk-eyed attention to detail, and meticulous organization to every project. Anna has also trained as an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International and Theatrical Intimacy Education.
As a Director, Anna brings her movement expertise to the forefront of the rehearsal process. She encourages actors to approach script analysis through motion and uses physical embodiment as a primary storytelling device to enliven text. Having worked with professional theatre companies for many years, Anna believes in the importance of facilitating a strong sense of ensemble as the foundation of every production.
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“Under Kuman’s direction, this production is young, energetic, contemporary and tech savvy… it’s pretty amazing what choreographer Kuman does on the Waterfront stage in and around a lot of tubular aluminum scaffolding, stairs and ramps.” (Jesus Christ Superstar)
- Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
“Anna Kuman deserves a huge amount of credit for the success of this production. Her complex movement score combines the thrashing, head-banging moves of punk’s hey day with gestural inspiration. I can’t remember the last time I was so consistently surprised by musical-theatre choreography.” (American Idiot)
- Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight