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Mrs Anna McNamara

Director of Learning and Teaching, Programme Leader for BA Theatre (Conversion Course by Distance Learning), GSA

Academic and research departments



Anna McNamara is Director of Learning and Teaching at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey.  She trained in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting before moving into teaching full time in 2001, gaining an MA in Education.  She is currently researching a PhD in Actor Training through the University of Birmingham.  In 2017 she was awarded the University of Surrey Vice Chancellor’s award for Teacher of the Year.  Anna is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Research interests

Anna is currently researching her PhD in Actor Training with the University of Birmingham investigating Creative Learning and Teaching in the Conservatoire.


Contextual Studies, Theories of Performance, Pedagogy, Choreography, Tap, Ballet.