Chiara D’Anna is a stage and film actress. Her cinema career began when she met director and writer Peter Strickland in 2011. After her debut alongside Toby Jones in the award-winning Berberian Sound Studio (2012), Chiara starred in her first lead role opposite Sidse Babett Knudsen in The Duke of Burgundy (2014).

This performance brought her to the attention of many critics worldwide. At the Toronto International Film Festival Chiara was nominated as one of the 13 Actors to Watch Out For and one of the  50 Best Lead Performances of the festival (Number 23).

“D’Anna, a compact and coiled Audrey Hepburn type who speaks like an Italian-inflected Charlotte Gainsbourg, is absolutely perfect as the younger woman who’s hostage to her own humiliations.”- Little White Lies

“D’Anna does a superb job of playing Evelyn as a slightly impatient, impetuous woman, the one in the relationship always goading the other to some new challenge…” – Paste Magazine

Critics Stars

Thanks to her eclectic background and experience in theatre, dance, physical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte, Chiara has been often praised for her incredible versatility and outstanding ability to transform herself…

“Chiara D’Anna stood out from the ensemble, chameleon-like in her ability to transform herself into different characters without a ripple…exceptional.” – Fringe Review

“Chiara D’Anna, who also directs, is impressing as a manic gravedigger, Gary.” – The Public Review

You can find more about what people think about Chiara’s work as an Actress & Director HERE.

Since 2010 Chiara has been the Artistic Director of PANTA REI THEATRE a London-based theatre company that strives to create visceral, poetic and visionary performances inspired by the Grotesque, the Surreal and the Absurd.

“Filled with vivid flights of fancy, ‘Rocinante! Rocinante!’ is an intriguing piece. Sweeping parasol oceans and miniature tin-pan solar systems make this a sophisticated visual work.[…].We are manipulated with ease by an intuitive company whose physical work is superb.” – Time Out

If you want to know more about Chiara’s work and artistic vision have a look at her company PANTA REI THEATRE and read her  INTERVIEWS.

Chiara works regularly as a Visiting Lecturer and a Movement Coach. Her expertise is Commedia dell’Arte and Devising. Since October 2014 she’s been working on a practice-based research project on “The legacy of Commedia in Postdramatic Theatre” after being granted a PhD Scholarship by The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University (The Cass), London.

To read more about her practice as Movement Coach and Visiting Tutor or book a workshop/consultation: click HERE.

“I have had the pleasure to work with Chiara on a wide range of projects and she is undoubtedly one of my most treasured collaborators.” – Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Elastic Theatre Artistic Director

“…a truly special teacher with an intoxicating, addictive and infectious passion for her craft” – Liam, Student at E15

…more about Chiara…

Before moving to London to pursue her acting career Chiara spent a considerable amount of time between the Alps and the Himalayas while completing her MSc in Geology. She is still passionate about science although her field of interest nowadays is Astrophysics. Her other passions are Landscape Photography, Dance, Trekking and Yoga. On her BLOG you can see some of her own pictures that she loves taking while walking her dogs…for instance on Hampstead Heath: her favourite place in London!

Hampstead Heath, Summer 2013

…or around the misty hills of Moncucco Torinese…her homeland:

…some beautiful memories from 2017:

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