Annie Montgomery has had the dual role of artist educator and professional actor - alternating between the parts over the years.
After studying at Boston University's College for the Arts, she moved to New York to pursue an acting career. She quickly began booking work in children's theatre tours and small productions around New York City. Eventually as her experience grew she booked leading lady roles in regional theatres like Anne in Man and Superman and Harper in Angels in America, and culminating with the off-Broadway equity contract playing the lead role of Lisa in That Ilk.
Simultaneously, Annie began working as a teaching artist. Over the years, she has taught for a variety of cultural organizations including (Out)Laws & Justice, Creative Theatrics in Brooklyn, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, the New Rochelle Library, Disney Theatrical Productions and The New Victory Theatre.
Along the way, she had three children and received her Masters degree in Educational Theatre from New York University in 2006 where she was also active in the master student productions including playing Grusha from The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
As she matured as a teaching artist, she began to advise and consult. She has led professional development workshops for librarians, arts organizations, arts administrators, teaching artists and New York City classroom teachers for the New Victory Theatre, Disney, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Community Word Project, The West Valley Arts Council, and Lifetime Arts. She has presented and spoken at several conferences including AATE, Face to Face, NCTE, AIE, Common Ground, American Alliance for Museums, Grant makers in the Arts, The National Guild and the NYU Forum in Citizenship and Applied theatre.
In recent years, as Annie's children have grown older, more space has opened up to focus more intently again on acting, directing and writing. She is a founding member of A Space Between Theatre Company. She wrote, collaboratively devised, directed, and acted in their production of The Red Dress which has been produced at University Settlement and the San Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center. She performed to several sold out audiences in the one woman show Walking Toward America at the United Solo Festival on Theatre Row in New York City and at the Springfield Contemporary Theatre in Springfield, MO. She performed in Piper Theatre's production of Splitfoot which performed to rave reviews in the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and East of Edinburgh Festival in New York City. Last summer, she was in Piper Theatre's production of The Lincoln Dress which performed at Siena College in Albany and at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. She also was proud to be in the immersive production of All American Boys by Off the Page Theatre Company and performed in a radio play of the same production at WNYC's The Green Space.
In 2016, Annie joined the staff of Lifetime Arts as Director of Education after consulting for the organization for several years. In her current role, she facilitates and designs creative aging trainings for constituents across the country. She is part of the senior team at Lifetime Arts and participates in strategic partnerships, proposals and planning.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family and husband, David Montgomery.