Willow Jade Norton is an Oregon-based theater director and teacher with a focus on new work development, theater for young audiences, and community engagement.
Her plays find the intersection of exquisite theatricality, clever narrative, and authenticity. Collaboration, listening, 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 listening in her community through theater.
Willow has directed in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Corvallis, and Eugene. She is a founding Board Member of ArtCity Eugene, and currently Co-Curating The Umbrella Project.
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.