Playwright - Poet - Screenwriter
Alaska State Writer Laureate, 2002-2004
Anne Hanley is the first playwright to be named Alaska State Writer Laureate. She has an MFA in Film from UCLA and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she is is a founding producer of The Looking Glass Group Theatre.
News from Anne
My latest play, THE WINTER BEAR, was inspired by the life of Koyukon elder Sidney Huntington. Many of you might be familiar with Huntington’s biography, SHADOWS ON THE KOYUKUK, as told to Jim Rearden (Alaska Northwest Books, 1993). The May 22 -24 production of THE WINTER BEAR was made possible by a grant from First Alaskans Institute. About 30 students from Effie Kokrine Charter School, a public school with an emphasis on Athabascan culture, had their first introduction to live theater by participating in the production.
Producer Matt Stevens and I hope to bring THE WINTER BEAR to the 2009 Alaska Federation of Native Conference in Anchorage. I am currently working on a screenplay version of the play.
In March, my short play, BRIEF EXCLOSURE, was performed as part of IN A TIME OF CHANGE, a collaborative performance by writers, artists and scientist sharing their perspectives on the Boundary Fire of 2004. This collaboration was sponsored by the U. S. Forest Service and the University of Alaska International Polar Year.
Two new plays in 2008