Longtime collaborators include director Mike Donahue (Uncle Vanya, As You Like It, Big Love, Cries and Whispers, Brand, Bacchae, Tommy, RENT, Electronic City, God is a DJ, Recess, Moscow, Cheryomushki!, and a winning production proposal for Ainadamar), director and playwright Preston Lane (Glass Menagerie, A Doll House, Dial M for Murder, Kingdom of Earth, Radiunt Abundunt), and director Tim Vasen (Troy: After and Before, Alice: A New Play, Der Bourgeois Bigwig, Great Expectations, Eugene Onegin, Eyes up High in the Redwood Trees).
In the year 2016 Anya designed two world premieres. Radiunt Abundunt, was a collaboration between playwright/director Preston Lane and singer songwriter Laurelyn Dossett at Triad Stage, NC. In addition to designing the scenery for this production, Anya also created the twenty-one original paintings, representing the work of the main character, an outsider artist. In opera, Anya designed the set and costumes for Empty The House, a one act chamber opera by Rene Orth and Mark Campbell produced by the Curtis Institute. Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOs6thYoMM
Opera work includes costumes for the nationally acclaimed The Cradle Will Rock! at Opera Saratoga, a site-specific touring production of Orpheus & Euridice with the Vermont Opera Project, An American Tragedy, Glimmerglass Festival, sets for Mourning Becomes Electra, Florida Grand Opera, sets for Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress, Princeton Festival, sets for La Boheme, Yale Opera, set and costumes for Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki!, Chicago Opera theater, and set and costumes for Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox, Fort Worth Opera Festival.
Anya first discovered the creative possibilities of teaching through Roundabout Theater Company's unique pedagogical philosophy while working as one of their Teaching Artists. Currently an Assistant Professor in Scenic Design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she has lectured on set and costume design, as well as on color at Princeton, Brown, and Colgate Universities, as well as at the Yale School of Drama. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from the University of Chicago.