ANN RUSSELL

Height: 5'2"
Eyes: Green
Hair: Auburn
Equity Status: Full


Biography

Ann began her professional career with the late Deirdre O'Connell at the Focus Stanislavski Studio, where she worked extensively as an actor and director. She also spent some time at the Lee Strasberg Film and TV Institute in NYC and has an MA in Modern Drama from UCD. 

Ann has a wide range of theatrical experience ranging from roles in plays by Shakespeare to works by contemporary Irish dramatists and classics of European and American theatre. As a member of Focus Theatre and Studio she had the opportunity to both perform and direct. Favourites from her many roles at Focus include Katherine Glass in The Secret Rapture, (David Hare) and Sue Bayless in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and the dominating Bea in Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing.

Ann also loves performing in comedy. She toured Ireland John B. Keane’s The Chastitute and Moll. Her UK/Irish tour with Women on the Verge of HRT gave her the opportunity to perform in major historic theatres throughout the UK.

Her most recent role was Carol, an alcoholic gambler, in the European premiere of Risk Everything by Canadian dramatist George F. Walker at The New Theatre and The Viking. Ann has played many feisty opinionated women but her performance as the compassionate and caring Constance in Elysium (Irish Times nomination/best new play 2010) was a complete contrast to these. She was delighted to have the opportunity of playing various characters from classic Irish plays in A Titter of Wit which she devised, directed and also performed in at the Irish Writers’ Centre.

She has performed in TV and Film. However, her fondest memory is playing Carmel in Roddy Doyle’s Family which was directed by Michael Winterbottom and was a BBC/RTE co-production.