Anne Looby, is an Australian actress and stage director, since graduating from NIDA in 1988, Anne Looby has worked in film, television and theatre. Her theatrical experience is extensive, having worked with some of the best directors in Australia including Gale Edwards, Rodney Fisher, Jim Sharman and George Ogilvy, on work ranging from the classics to contemporary theatre. Looby has also worked extensively in film and television, appearing in such television classics as A Country Practice and the award winning ABC mini-series Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies. She has appeared in the feature films Willfull, Daydream Believer and most recently with John Malkovich in Disgrace. Looby received the Sydney Theatre Critics award for Best Actress in Arcadia for the STC and has also been awarded an AFI as Best Actress in a TV Mini Series for her performance in Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies.
Looby directed the stage productions of the Hi5 House of Hits for international touring in 2014, followed by Hi5 House of Dreams touring production in 2015. Between 2012 and 2016, she directed school productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. In addition Anne has been assistant director to Dean Carey at ACA for the 2012, 2014 productions of Reality Bytes.
Between 2006 and 2011, Looby conceived, developed and produced Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical in order to raise both awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The project was developed over a period of three years with the help of an array of artists including Wendy Harmer, Richard Glover, Debra Oswald and Sheridan Jobbins, to name but a few. Breast Wishes toured nationally in 2009 and 2011, and was seen by over 20,000 people in 50 regional centres throughout Australia.
Anne has taught acting-for-camera and Shakespeare for Beginners at both the NIDA summer school and Theatre Nepean UWS. She has also been a drama coach for HSC drama students for the past 5 years.
Anne was a member of the NIDA Board of Studies for 11 years and is a member of the Actors Centre Australia Advisory Board. She is an active member of the Sydney arts community and has been a member of MEAA for 30 years.