“Anne O’Keeffe possesses a powerful generosity of spirit and provides great encouragement for creative physical freedom. In working with Anne at three separate institutions I found a space and a guide for inspiration, exploration and expression through dance.” – Jonah Klein
Anne O’Keeffe is a movement and drama coach, director, choreographer and performer with a Bachelor of Education in Dance and Drama, Deakin University. She has a Graduate Diploma of Choreography, Victorian College of Arts and a Master of Choreography from VCA.
For the past 27 years she has worked as a freelance artist; directing, choreographing, and performing movement-based and text-based work. She has directed and choreographed shows for the Victorian Arts Centre, Australian Choreographic Centre, St Martins, Dancehouse and Victorian College of the Arts. She taught Movement for Actors for 13 years at the National Theatre Drama School and is 16th Street’s current movement coach in our Full Time Professional Acting Training Program.
Anne has performed as a dancer, actor and singer in independent dance and theatre companies including Roundhouse Theatre, Eclectic Pelican, Insight Dance and RandomActs. Anne’s own company, Sirensong, has produced three major works: Walk on Water at the Melbourne City Baths, her full-length solo show Sex and Death at Chapel Off Chapel and Song of Longing.
“My intention is to inspire students to release habitual holding patterns and to make deep connections with their inner life. My teaching philosophy is based on the notion that the making of art is an act of generosity. When an actor’s work is deeply embodied and consciously present, we create a field in which the heart can be engaged and the spirit transformed.” – Anne