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Anna Fishbeyn is an actor, writer, director and filmmaker.
Anna founded XOFeminist Productions, a multimedia company devoted to culturally diverse and progressively feminist voices, specializing in theatre, film, and video content. Anna wrote, starred and created the web series, Happy Hour Feminism, a comedy talk show set in the future where men experience what it means to be a woman today. The series has won Award of Recognition for Leading Actress and Women Filmmakers, Best Screenplay, Best Web Series and has been nominated for best lead actor, best supporting actress, and Best Television Pilot, and has been officially selected at over 15 festivals. Happy Hour Feminism was most nominated for best comedy at the NYC Web Fest, alongside Collin Quinn’s Cop Show and Lewis Black’s The Mentors, and has been nominated for best television at the Film Fest International Berlin. War of the Dads, the fourth episode, won Best Webisode at the Moondance Film Festival. Bald No More, which Anna wrote and starred in, won Best Parody at the Action on Film Festival in LA.
Anna’s film work as a director includes The Love Bathroom, which has been nominated for best produced screenplay at the Action on Film Festival, and Swallow Your Money, which was part of the 48Hour Film Festival and screened at Yale University, and nominated for women filmmakers.
Anna also wrote and starred in two plays, My Stubborn Tongue and Sex in Mommyville. My Stubborn Tongue played off-Broadway at the New Ohio Theatre, NYC, United Solo Festival Theatre Row, NYC, Soho Theatre, London, selected for the United Solo Festival in the fall of 2014, where it sold out and was extended. The Huffington Post called My Stubborn Tongue a “wild ride…an insightful entertaining show” and stated that Anna has “triumphed.” The play had a London premiere at the Soho Theatre, where it was recommended by the Standard and received 4 stars from the Female Arts. Anna Fishbeyn’s first play, Sex in Mommyville, was called “comic genius,” by WCBS Radio, recommended by Bloomberg News, compared to Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” by Jewish Week, and described as “shattering all the myths around women” by the Huffington Post.
She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from New School University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Columbia University. She has made numerous TV and radio appearances, including FoxTV, The New York Times Podcast, WCBS Radio, RadioGorgeousUK, 99.5 FM New York, and has been featured in Today.com, NBC.com, the Huffington Post, UCAN Magazine, New York Examiner, DNAinfo, Tribeca Citizen, NYCasting, The Forward, AYongerTheatre, London, and numerous blogs.
Anna is a proud member of the League of Professional Theater Women, Dramatists Guild, and represents the Dramatists Guild on the board of the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition.