Ann Noling is a New York City based director, born and raised in Brooklyn who works on both new and established plays. She is drawn to language-driven pieces rooted in compassion that interrogate community and are unafraid to ask difficult questions. Her work is grounded in the belief that theatre can and should speak to the social and political realities of the world outside the theater doors. She strives to make work that is “accessible,” which is not to say work that is safe or comfortable for the audience, but rather work that welcomes the audience in, giving them access to the emotions and ideas presented on stage so they can be challenged and ultimately transformed. She strives to make work with compassion for her collaborators, audience, and for the people whose stories they share.



She recently directed an ensemble version of Jessica Dickey’s “Amish Project” and David Auburn’s “Fifth Planet” in the directing studio at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Recent new plays include: “Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing and Other Things,” about the ancient Japanese woman who wrote the world’s first novel, written by Julia Izumi and produced with Rachel Christiansen and The Brewing Dept. at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival; and “Point of Origin,” which explored two women’s friendship through their respective cultural and familial myths and culinary heritages, written by Tessa Allen and Krystalla Pearce, co-directed with Bridget Balodis and produced by Rat King Theatre Company at The Brick. She has also developed new plays with Summertime rewrite and The Habitat, and her work has also been seen at Dixon Place, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, and The Fourth Street Theatre. She has been a Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Assistant, Playwrights Horizons Directing Fellow, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, and SDCF Observer. She has assisted for Daniel Sullivan, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Mike Donahue, Carolyn Cantor, David Auburn, Robert O'Hara, Davis McCallum and Ken Rus Schmoll. She received her BA in American Studies with a focus on racial narratives in theatre from Tufts University.