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Anya Wallach

Founder & CEO

Favorite musicals:Annie, Les Miserables

Anya founded Random Farms when she was sixteen and searching for a theater process that made every kid feel included and valued, a philosophy that continues to drive the mission and programs at Random Farms.  She is now the CEO of the organization, overseeing the rapidly growing artistic and administrative staff, and serves as President of the Board Of Trustees.

Anya earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from NYU, where she focused on musical theater and vocal pedagogy. She complemented her education by interning with casting directors and talent agencies, while continuing to produce the shows at Random Farms. She also spent many years as a performer, and is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and Actor’s Equity Association.

For over a decade, Anya was the primary staff member at Random Farms, directing all its productions and defining its core programs. As the popularity of the organization increased, Anya shifted into the role of CEO / Artistic Director, dividing her time between oversight of the artistic programs and administration of the organization’s finances and internal operations. In this role (and finally recognizing the art of delegation!), Anya hired a full-time artistic staff, moved the group into a new rehearsal studio, and began to focus on increasing outreach efforts. She also produces an annual Industry Showcase for young performers who are interested in pursuing theater professionally.

Anya was one of 15 young entrepreneurs The Huffington Post chose as a winner of the Millennial Impact Challenge. In 2015, Anya co-authored the young reader book series, Stagestruck, based on her story of starting Random Farms as a teenager. She has been invited to speak about the importance of the performing arts for young people at conferences nationwide.

Today, Anya’s attention is devoted full-time to steering Random Farms as its CEO, working closely with the Board Of Trustees, the administrative staff, and the Senior Program Directors to guide the organization into the next chapter.  She looks forward to continuing with Random Farms on its exciting journey for many years to come!