Ania is a theatre, circus and cabaret performer. They specialize in clown, devised work and Shakespeare. They have performed at venues around New York City, and are taking their solo show, Transhumance, on tour internationally in 2020.

Ania Upstill’s tragicomic Mercutio, whose “Queen Mab” monologue was as haunting as the rest of their performance was mercurial, was especially fun to watch.

Into More


In Many HandsTable CaptainBAM Next Wave Festival
Thou Shalt Not*Frances HallThinkery & Verse (NJ)
Gospel of the Marys*Ensemble/DeviserFurnace Festival (NY)
Six Years Old Staged Reading*AdalaideBushwick Starr (NY)
Romeo and JulietMercutio/Paris/ApothecaryHypokrit Theatre (NY)
Much Ado About NothingUnderstudyPop Up Globe (NZ)
Measure for MeasureIsabellaFriends for Juliet (NZ)
Richard IIIAnneThe Bacchanals (NZ)

Clown & Cabaret

Palestine Tours 2019ClownClowns Without Borders (US)
Cirquedelique*Steve (Clown)Eris Revolution (NY)
Hot MessDrag KingHouse of Yes (NY)
Trans Voices CabaretSingerThe Duplex (NY)
Piesexual*Clown/DeviserThe Tank’s Pride Fest (NY)

*New York Premieres

Production Roles

Holy DayProducerThe New Ohio (NY)
Soft N HardProducerBarbarian Productions
Much Ado About NothingAssistant DirectorPop Up Globe
Galathea: Into the BushDirectorTwin City Productions
HamletDirector/Artistic DirectorThe Lord Lackbeards
Alone It StandsDirector**Wellington Irish Society

** Nominee, Most Promising Director, Wellington Theatre Awards 2015

Training & Education

Circus WarehouseIntensive Program2018 - Present
Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, CAPractitioner Training Programme2018
Centrepoint Theatre, NZDirecting Intern2016
Zen Zen ZoNZ Stomp2015
University of Texas at AustinShakespeare at Winedale2009, 2011
University of Texas at AustinAnthropology (BA)2011

Clown: Lauren Wilson (Dell’Arte), Stephanie Thompson (Ten Thousand Things)
Butoh: Anastazia Aranaga (Bad Unkl Sista), Lynne Bradley (Zen Zen Zo)
Viewpoints/Suzuki: Lynne Bradley (Zen Zen Zo)

Special skills

Basic acrobatics; Volin and viola; Basic mandolin, cello and banjo; Shakespeare; Basic French; Sewing

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