Anya teaches Chekhov Scene Study, Shakespeare, Postwar British Drama, and Throughline Technique at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School to the NYU/Tisch B.F.A students and the Conservatory students. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Theater Department at Brooklyn College, teaching Chekhov scene study to the B.F.A students. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and has directed numerous student productions at Atlantic Theater and Tisch/NYU. She was a visiting guest artist and guest speaker to the MFA students at The Center for Advanced Acting Training at Harvard University in 2013 and 2015. Read her commencement address to the Harvard MFA students here.

Anya is a Master Teacher of Practical Aesthetics, an acting technique originally developed by William H. Macy and David Mamet, based on the teachings of Stanislavsky, Aristotle and Joseph Campbell. She taught a Practical Aesthetics masterclass at Brave Studios in Melbourne, Australia in 2016 and will soon be a visiting professor in the Graduate Theater Program at Penn State, teaching Chekhov and Practical Aesthetics to the MFA acting students.


Click here to read “Faculty Spotlight on Anya Saffir” on Atlantic Theater’s Webpage

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