DIRECTOR, TEACHING ARTIST
Willow Jade Norton (she/her) is an Oregon-based Director and Teacher focused on new work development, theater for young audiences and community engagement. Her plays find the intersection of exquisite theatricality, clever narrative and authenticity. Willow has directed in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Corvallis, and Eugene. As Artist in Residence at Lane Community College, Willow devised and directed new works Constant Revolution and Turning Red. Noteable directing projects include Quicksilver for Imagine That Eugene, Marjorie Prime for Oregon Contemporary Theatre, In the Next Room or the vibrator play for Lane Community College, LUNA PARK and RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD for Oregon Performance Lab, where she was Artistic Director; Goodbye Avis at New York Theatre Workshop; ¡Bocón!, RENT, and A Thousand Cranes for The Majestic Theatre; and S.H.A.V.E.D. at HERE Arts Center. Recently awarded a 2019 Colleen Toohey Porter TYA/USA Fellowship.
As a Teaching Artist, Willow has worked at Lane Community College, Imagine That Eugene, The Village School, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Stages for Corvallis High School, ACE Academy, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, and Cornish College of the Arts. She is also a certified Teaching Artist for Tectonic Theater Project's Moment Work technique. Willow will receive her Masters in Nonprofit Management, with a Certificate in Arts Management, in June of 2019 from the University of Oregon. She holds a BFA in Theater: Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Willow was also Associate Treasurer at The Shubert Theatre, working on MATILDA The Musical on Broadway. Willow is a founding Board Member of ArtCity Eugene, and currently Co-Curating The Umbrella Project.