Associate Professor of Communication
Ann Sorenson served as Theater Director at Minnehaha Academy for 12 years before coming to University of Northwestern. Ann received her M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. During her time in New York City, she received a New York Women in Film nomination and a Directing the Actors Fellowship from Columbia University.
After returning to the Twin Cities, she and two other local filmmakers founded Story Board. This nonprofit organization provides educational programs for student filmmakers and support for independent film. This year, Story Board partnered with The Minnesota Opera and The Loft Literary Center in a venture, Pinocchio: Story, Stage and Screen, which culminated in a screening at The Parkway Theater featuring students’ film adaptations of Pinocchio.
Ann was the casting director for the locally produced short film, “Good Morning,” which was accepted into the International Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival spring of 2008. Currently, she is in development of “Orphan Girl,” a feature script that she plans to direct. Ann is a member of Minnesota Independent Film Project and a founding member of Minnesota Women in Film and Television.
In addition to film, Ann enjoys working on her 100-plus-year-old home in Minneapolis, spending time with family and friends (especially with her nieces and nephew!), cooking, reading, playing Scrabble and gardening.
Department and Teaching Responsibilities
Advisor to UNW Productions; Intro to Film, Story Structure, Single Camera Production, Screenwriting
MFA, Columbia University;
Office Location: MJMC 162