Willow Jade Norton is an Oregon-based theater director with a focus on new work and community cultural development. Her performance projects find the intersection of exquisite theatricality, clever narrative, and authenticity.
Collaboration, listening, innovation, curiosity, and kindness are core tenants to how Willow creates her work. Most often through a generative process with several lead artists or an ensemble; she strives to amplify minority voices and bring about collective community listening through theater.
Willow has worked in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Corvallis, and Eugene. Directing professionally, teaching at colleges, and managing artistic programs are her way of creating dialog in her community. Currently a Founding Board Member of ArtCity Eugene.
As a Teaching Artist, Willow has worked at Lane Community College, Imagine That Eugene, The Village School, Stages for Corvallis High School, ACE Academy, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, and Cornish College of the Arts. Willow is a Teaching Artist for Tectonic Theater Project's Moment Work technique.