Annie Saunders is a director, performer and theatremaker. Her company, Wilderness, has presented its site-responsive, immersive physical theatre performance The Day Shall Declare It site-specifically in a disused warehouse in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District with Los Angeles Performance Practice and in London with Theatre Delicatessen in the former BBC Studios and the Bush Theatre. The company has also presented Leaves of Grass, a work-in-progress about the look-alike phenomenon in couples in the REDCAT Studio Series and is currently developing new work with the San Francisco Playhouse and the Getty Villa. She is a core performer with Lars Jan's Early Morning Opera, and has appeared in Holoscenes, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), and Abacus.
She has also devised and performed original work in the UK with Neil Bettles (Frantic Assembly, Thickskin) and Gemma Fairlie (RSC) on Full Stop, a co-commission for the Lyric Theatre, Watford Palace, Greenwich Festival and Latitude. She has worked as a director in London at the Charing Cross Theatre, the Cafe de Paris, Queen Mary University and the Etcetera Theatre, and in Los Angeles at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, Son of Semele and Theatricum Botanicum. She holds a BA and MA in English literature from the University of London, and trained at the Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts, the American Conservatory Theater and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She worked for ten years as a creative activist with Eve Ensler's V-Day, a global creative movement to end violence against women.