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Northwestern School of Communication

Ann E. Woodworth

Associate Professor Emeritus


Ann E. Woodworth

Ann Woodworth has worked professionally as an actress, director, and teaching consultant, conducting numerous presentations of her workshop The Classroom as Stage. Thirty-five years of experience in teaching acting, mime, and movement have included invitations to work with the Teatro Cadafe and La Compania Nacional in Caracas, Venezuela, and the British/American Drama Academy in England, where she taught for seven summers with English artists such as Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, Vanessa Redgrave, and Alan Rickman, as well as members of the Berliner Ensemble and the Moscow Art Theatre.

In 1989, Woodworth established a directing collaboration with movement director Dawn Mora, integrating movement techniques and original musical composition into a physical approach to classical texts, including MedeaIphigenia in AulisHecubaHamletKing LearUncle Vanya, and The Seagull. She is also a founding member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship for Teaching Excellence. Her book, ACTING: The Study of Life, is currently under contract with Cengage Learning.


  • MA Theatre, Northwestern University
  • BS Theatre, Northwestern University

Honors and Awards

  • Featured professor in What The Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain (Harvard University Press), 2004
  • Selected as Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, a three-year fellowship, 1993-1996
  • Nominated for 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003 Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Continuing Studies, Northwestern University