Ann Norton has been involved in the Theatre since she came home from playing in the park to announce that she had been cast as the Miller’s Daughter in Rumpelstiltskin – at the age of six. Her parents, also in the biz, were relieved that she had “found her own way without any influence from them.” Many years older, she received her degree from Catholic University in Drama. She has worked, in a variety of ways, at Olney Theatre, Folger Theatre Group, The Hartke Theatre, the Smithsonian Institution Division of Performing Arts and is also an AEA Stage Manager. She helped start the Washington Stage Guild and served as its Executive Director since in founding in 1986 until 2018 – 32 years. In 1999, under her tenure as President of the League of Washington Theaters (nine years), the League received the Helen Hayes Award for Distinguished Community Service for its Stages for All Ages program. Other past work in the theatre community includes serving on the boards of Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archives and the D.C. Committee to Promote Washington. She has been a Grants Panelist for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, along with the Montgomery, Prince Georges’ and Arlington County Art Councils. In 2001, she received the Actors’ Center Theatre Distinction Award for Service to the Arts Community. She has taught at GW, (Understanding Theatre – as if that’s possible), and was previously the program administrator for Theatre & Dance.