Ani Vaseva (Sofia, 1982) is theatre director, researcher in the field of performing arts, writer and translator. Co-founder of Metheor. Since her graduation from the National Theatre Academy in Sofia in 2009 she has directed more than twenty theatre productions. Part of her theatre texts have been published in Metheor.Collected Theatre Texts (co-author with Boyan Manchev) in 2018.
Vaseva is also a theatre and dance scholar, academic teacher and translator. In 2007 she published the book What is Contemporary Dance?, based on her PhD thesis (she received her PhD degree from Bulgarian Academy of Science in 2014). In 2020 was published her book Theatre and Truth, and in 2022 - Metheor. Theatre of the impossible. She has translated in Bulgarian Joseph Campbell’s Eastern Mythologies (2004) and Jonathan Burrows’ Choreographer’s Handbook (2017).
Between 2015 and 2018 she has been teaching history and theory of theatre and literature in New Bulgarian University and Theatre College “Lyuben Groys”, where she was also an acting professor, leading the acting class 2017-2018, together with Leonid Yovchev (until the both of them leave the college, due to ideological and aesthetic reasons, in 2018). In the last decade Vaseva has been writing articles and giving public lectures in major cultural institutions in Sofia, Vienna, London, Berlin, Zagreb etc.
Her performances and her work in the visual arts has been presented in TanzQuartier Wien, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, < rotor > Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst (Graz), Steirische Herbst (Graz), Whitechapel gallery (London), Sofia City Gallery, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Rayko Alexiev Gallery, the fridge, among others. As producer in Metheor she has accomplished vast amount of theatre productions as well as publication projects, educational projects, local and international collaborations etc.