Lewis Center Fellows

Anya Pearson

Anya Pearson headshot

Photo by David Hiller


Anya Pearson is an award-winning playwright, poet, producer, actress, and activist. She is finishing her debut collection of poetry, writing three pilots, and constantly plotting, planning, devising, creating, imagining, and revising visions of a better, more just world. Her plays include: THE MEASURE OF INNOCENCE (The Kilroys List, Drammy Award for Best Original Script), MADE TO DANCE IN BURNING BUILDINGS (Showcase: Joe’s Pub, NYC; Shaking the Tree, Portland, OR), THE KILLING FIELDS (2018 Orphic Commission; Seven Devils New Play Foundry; Great Plains Theatre Conference) and THREE LOVE SONGS (Play at Home Initiative, PCS). She is on the staff of Corporeal Writing and under commission from Portland Center Stage. She is a member of LineStorm Playwrights, Dramatist Guild, and Actor's Equity Association. Pearson will spend her Hodder Fellowship year writing an original play examining and dissecting the roots and ramifications of gentrification and how they intersect with the achievement gap to further promote inequality in our society.

TRAILER FOR "Made to Dance in Burning Buildings"


Made to Dance in Burning Buildings is a Ferocious Rush of Pain and Catharsis” — Review in Willamette Week, March 5, 2019

The Measure of Innocence makes The Kilroys List | March 6, 2020

The Killing Fields — Play development workshop at Seven Devils New Play Foundry, 2020


Three Love Songs

Three Love Songs — Commissioned by Portland Center Stage for the national theater project Play at Home

Download the script of Three Love Songs — perform it for FREE as part of the national theater project Play at Home

Watch a video of Three Love Songs