Annie Meek Montgomery has worn many hats as a theatre maker - actor, director, writer, educator and administrator.
Thirty 30 years of working in theatre began as an acting major at Boston University's College for the Arts. After college, 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 theaters including Anne in Man and Superman and Harper in Angels in America at the Hangar Theatre, directed by Bob Moss, and culminated with the off-Broadway three month run playing the lead role of Lisa in That Ilk at the Hudson Guild Theatre.
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. While at NYU she was active in their student productions including playing the role of Grusha from The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and was a frequent actor as part of the New Plays for Young Audiences series.
In 2016, Annie joined the staff of Lifetime Arts as Director of Education after consulting for the organization for several years. As director of education she designed and facilitated creative aging trainings for constituents across the country. She was part of the senior team at Lifetime Arts and participated in strategic partnerships, budgets and proposals for training engagements, as well as overseeing the education team which included 12 trainers and innumerable guest artists. In 2020/21, she oversaw the pivot of their training model to online platforms and oversaw more than 70+ intensive 3 day trainings across 21 states.
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In 2022, Annie stepped back from her full time staff position at Lifetime Arts to allow for more space to focus more intentionally on acting, directing and writing. The good news is that even with her dedication to her robust career as an arts educator, she managed to also stay actively engaged in theatre making and acting all along the way. Some highlights are below.
She was 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. 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 2019, she appeared in Piper Theatre's production of The Lincoln Dress which performed at Siena College in Albany and at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. In 2021, Annie wrote and starred in the short film, Zoom with Me, that was accepted at 14 international film festivals. In the summer of 2022, she toured internationally with a new version of The Lincoln Dress performing in Bucharest, Romania with Un Teatru Theatre Company, and in Suceava, Romania at the state theatre, Teatrul Municipal Matei Visniec.
Currently, she lives in Brooklyn, New York with her three children and husband, David Montgomery.