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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’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: BALD; Beyond the Veil; Fog Fest (San Francisco); London-based Peter Pan, (US tour), This Twisted Tale (U.S. Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, Moisture Festival (Seattle), Manipulate Festival (Edinburgh, UK), Exposed (Atlanta) & LoopsEnd (New Orleans).

Rain has been a passionate instructor of aerial arts since 2004. Rain’s teaching style focuses on gaining solid foundation, technique, and strength as well incorporating the creativity and artistry of this expressive discipline. Rain has taught studio classes, specialty workshops and private lessons at over 25 aerial venues across the US and abroad. Rain is also Yoga Alliance certified and has extensive knowledge in various other movement forms that inform her distinct style, including a lifelong background in theatre and dance. Rain also works as an aerial consultant for industries outside of the circus; recent credits include training top Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif for the feature film Dhoom 3, nation-wide casting call for three sixty entertainment, aerial choreographer for the creation of the original musical Midsummer, and act development for professional aerial artists. Rain is a co-author on Rebekah Leach’s Aerial Rope Manual (AerialDancing.com) and is also currently in the process of writing a manual on “Vertical Theatre Method,” a devising method for aerial theatre.

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