Annie grew up in Chicago and trained as a teenager at the Piven Theatre Workshop and later at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was part of New Crime Productions in Chicago in the early 1990s, where she was introduced to the style of Commedia dell’Arte that became the trademark of her theatre company, The Corn Exchange.
Founded in Dublin in 1995, The Corn Exchange has won international acclaim for its unique ensemble style. Much of the work was premiered at Dublin Theatre Festival including her adaptations of Arthur Miller’s THE MISFITS, Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL in partnership with Michael West, Eimear McBride’s award-winning novel A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING, DUBLINERS by James Joyce and the original works by Michael West, FREEFALL and EVERYDAY.
Outside of The Corn Exchange, she has directed for Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Abbey, the Gate Theatre, has performed in theatre and film in the US and Ireland and continues to teach professional actors, young people and corporate clients throughout Ireland. She is currently in development with several film projects, and was thrilled to shadow film director Lenny Abrahamson on the series NORMAL PEOPLE for the BBC and Hulu.