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Annie Sanger-Davies
BA (Hons), NCDT Drama UK, AFHE

Associate Lecturer

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

Annie Sanger-Davies

Biography

Annie was trained at Brunel University, gaining a BA Hons degree in Drama and Music, specialising in voice and physical theatre. Annie then went on to complete post graduate Drama School training at Drama Studio, London.

Annie works as a professional singer and actress and returned to Southampton in 2003 when she gained a job at the NSPCC working with theatre to help children and families. Working with the NSPCC, Sure Start MRM and Southampton City Council, Annie pioneered a series of workshops entitled “Stand Tall” which explored the physical theatre world of LeCoq, Laban and Boal to enable participants to explore alternative ways of physically, and therefore mentally, being.

Annie worked for the NSPCC directing and writing several community projects and then developed her writing further at the Nuffield Theatre’s writing group with John Burgess.

Now Annie’s main interests are in Voice, Singing, Musical Theatre, and directing. She teaches on both the BA (Hons) Acting and Performance and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degrees at Solent.

Annie’s directing credits include Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, Follies, Rent and Cabaret, The Lion King, Cats, Oliver, Beauty and The Beast and Fiddler on the Roof.

Over the past year Annie has worked with the Musical Theatre students securing a RIKE funding award that enabled a group of level 5 students to tour their own children’s theatre show with a professional company to 10 venues nationwide.

Annie loves her work at Solent and is always looking for new challenges and adventures: “I love working with students and allowing people to find their own form of expressive vocal and physical communication.

Further information

Annie still works as a professional singer and actress. She sung locally at the Joiners as a teenager with The Firekites and went on with her band Frontside to sing at Glastonbury and the Eclipse festivals as well as being a frequent vocalist for Michael Sassen at MegaDog. As a backing singer for Sarah Nixey and Black Box recorder, she has performed at Islington Academy and the Commedia, Brighton. Annie collaborated with Jamie Simmonds in Earthed where their song Awakenings was released in 2006 with Soundseasy records.

Her acting credits include winning two Time Out Critics Choice awards for her performances in Blue Remembered Hills and The Libertine at the Battersea Arts Centre, as well as playing Charlotte Gray in a BBC Omnibus special about Sebastian Faulks.

More recently she has performed in local acting projects: playing 'Hecuba' in @ Troy, Theatre Royal, Winchester, for Deborah Gearing and Fiona Mackie; 'Hope' in Wind and Water, a Now Heritage project; and last year played 'the mother' in a commissioned play about Agincourt at the Great Hall, Winchester.

Recent professional directing credits include: Songs for Wild Horses, at Tree Tops Centre, Beaulieu, and Celebrating a Cultural Philanthropy at the Great Hall Winchester.

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Acting and Performance

Whether it’s treading the boards, or taking your mark in front of a camera, our acting and performance degree gives you the freedom to follow your dream, with real-world experience in the industry.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Take centre stage at university by perfecting your stage technique with internationally experienced academics and build your professional networks with established theatre companies.