After migrating from Cyprus at the age of fifteen in 1974, Anna Kannava grew up and studied in Melbourne.
In 1982 at Deakin University she completed a Bachelor of Education in Drama and Media where she studied drama, film, screen-writing, photography and fine art with further courses in the '80s and '90s in writing and directing.
In the 1980s she worked as an actor with a Theatre in Education team and a Greek Theatre company.
She also travelled extensively to Europe and filmed Ten Years After, Ten Years Older in Cyprus in 1985.
She directed several plays and short films including one play at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne and worked as a writer, actor, director and animator.