Interdisciplinary Aerial Performer

Photo by Marilyn Chen

Aerialist, actor, and dancer Rain Anya holds a degree in “Performance for Social Change.” She has trained extensively in aerial arts and physical theatre, including immersive programs such as Circomedia (Bristol, UK), NECCA (Brattleboro, VT), and Circle in the Square (NYC, NY). Rain is the co-artistic Director of the internationally based aerial company Paper Doll Militia, who's innovative approach to choreography and poignant use of theatricality have gained the company the reputation of being pioneers in original aerial theatre. Rain's aerial career began with the political circus company Wise Fool New Mexico. Out of inspired collaborations there, the seeds for the Paper Doll Militia were sown. With over two decades of experience onstage, Rain’s life’s work is in the integration of circus arts with other performance and movement disciplines. Notable credits include: Fog Fest (San Francisco); London-based Peter Pan, (US tour), This Twisted Tale (U.S. Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, New Orleans Fringe Festival, Moisture Festival (Seattle), Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival (Edinburgh, UK), Exposed (Atlanta), LoopsEnd (UK Tour), Revolutions Festival (Albuquerque) & Vault Festival (London). Rain is also a passionate aerial arts instructor. She travels around the world teaching Paper Doll Militia specialty workshops, teacher trainings, and aerial retreats (Greece & Mexico). When she’s not on the road, Rain offers private lessons out of her East LA home studio. Rain also works as a trainer and consultant for theatre and film, notable clients include top Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif for her role in Dhoom 3 and sports legend Serena Williams.  

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