Annie Loui


Annie Loui works as a director/choreographer, an educator, and creator of devised theater works.  She trained with dancer Carolyn Carlson at the Paris Opera, and studied in France with physical theater masters Etienne Decroux,  Ella Jarosivitcz and Jerzy Grotowski.  Original physical theater pieces have been seen in France, Monaco, West Germany, and in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among other venues.  She has choreographed for the American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Theater, and off-Broadway for the Signature Theater.  Longtime member of the Brandeis Theater Arts Department; she also taught extensively for the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard before coming to the University of California, Irvine, where she runs the Movement Program for the MFA Actor Training.  She is also Artistic Director of Counter-Balance Theater, formed in 2012 as an umbrella for her new devised work.  She has received a Massachusetts Choreographer’s Fellowship, a Belgium Artist’s Abroad Award, a Beall Center for Art and Technology Grant and an NEA New Forms Grant.  Favorite directing projects include two world premieres of Chuck Mee scripts; CAFÉ LE MONDE and WAR TO END WAR, and her devised theater adaptation of JANE EYRE created with Counter-Balance Theater.  Intermedia performance creations include READING FRANKENSTEIN at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, and IN THE GRACE OF THE WORLD commissioned by the Orchestra of St Luke’s NYC. Her FALLING GIRL inter-active video installation with Scott Snibbe was exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum June- August 2008 and in August 2010, at the ArtRock Festival St Brieuc, FRANCE.  Her book The Physical Actor was published by Routledge in spring 2009.