Anne Sawyer studied Commedia Dell’Arte and improvisational theater at Oberlin College, but graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing. She went on to study Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in the M.F.A. program. She has traveled and studied in Spain (the University of Granada), Mexico (Guadalajara and Oaxaca) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Currently, Anne is a Minnesota State Arts Board Roster Artist and Puppeteer-At-Large. She creates her own shows under the name Magic Lantern Puppet Theatre. Under this banner, Anne has built four full-length color shadow shows, receiving funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and a private foundation for her work. She belongs to the Twin Cities Puppeteers Guild and to the all women’s stilting group Chicks on Sticks. Anne wrote, produced, and directed her fifth play, Children and Other Optical Illusions at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul in June of 2010.
Anne has also worked with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Barebones Productions, Three Legged Race, Steppingstone Theatre, Artstart, Galumph Interactive Theatre, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Open Eye Figure Theatre.
In addition to Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grants, she has received the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Puppeteers of America Endowment Grant, the Center for Arts Criticism grant, and the Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Award. She also worked for a time as an English and Spanish instructor.
Anne’s current passions are finishing her children’s book Nalah and the Pink Tiger, and re-envisioning her play Children and Other Optical Illusions for the Open Eye Stage.
She lives in Powderhorn Park with her little dog Pippin.