Stage Director, Production Designer, Costume Designer
Anna Matison was born in Irkutsk and graduated from a linguistics school. While a student at the Irkutsk State University, at the international faculty she worked for local AIST TV, initially as a presenter and editor and subsequently as General Producer.
In 2004 Anna Matison and her colleagues founded the REC independent studio and was its director until she moved to Moscow in 2008. The studio’s most famous work was the short film based on works by Yevgeny Grishkovets Mood’s Improved.
In 2013 Anna Matison graduated from the All-Russian Gerasimov State University of Cinematography (workshop of Natalia Ryazansteva). In 2009 as stage director and production designer, together with Yevgeny Grishkovets she made her first feature-length film Satisfaction. The lead roles were performed by Yevgeny Grishkovets and Denis Burgazliev. The film was awarded prizes at several festivals.
Her collaboration with Yevgeny Grishkovets continued in theatre. In 2009 they produced the joint project House, currently being performed at the School of Modern Drama, the Moscow Chekhov Arts Theatre and other venues, while in 2014 the play Weekend premiered in November the same year at the School of the Contemporary Drama.
As a script-writer, Anna Matison has been involved in productions of the films Yolki-2, Yolki-3, and Yolki-1914, subsequently appearing as creative producer.
From 2009 to 2014 she worked as a director on a series of documentary projects about classical music including The Musician (about pianist Denis Matsuev), The Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev, Prokofiev: During the Journey, Continuation Follows and Thirteenth, as well as the operatic films The Lefthander, Semyon Kotko, Les Troyens and Don Quichotte.
Anna Matison is currently directing two major films, due to be premiered next year. The new production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel marks Anna Markarova’s debut at the Mariinsky Theatre. In this production she will be appearing as Stage Director, Production Designer and Costume Designer.