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Annika Nori Ahlgrim

Understanding, accommodating and compassionate team player committed to effective communication and kindness. Experience in many aspects of theater production, play development, and collaborative teamwork, with a strong interest in professional development in playwriting, teaching at the university level, theater arts production, and inclusive practices. Passionate about storytelling and adaptation, working intellectually and creatively with words in order to bring the stories that need to be told to all audiences.



Fall 2023

Dramatist's Guild

Playwriting Workshop: “Channeling Your Dreams” (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Steve Harper

July 2021- September 2021

Dragon Theater

Dragon Theater Playwriting Intensive
Instructor: Bridgette Dutta Portman


The University of Birmingham &

The Shakespeare Institute

Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

MA Shakespeare & Creativity

September 2017 - September 2018

Graduated with a Merit

As the only Shakespeare MA program of its kind in the world, MA Shakespeare & Creativity blends the academic approach to study and artistic exploration of the bard’s words. Including the use of creative writing, scholastic essays, performances, the culminating project is a fully-produced devised production created by the MA candidates to be performed in the RSC’s The Other Place Theatre.

Dissertation: Ahlgrim, Annika Nori. Shakespeare’s Greatest Smallest Storytellers. 2018.

An exploration of three of Shakespeare’s child characters, and how they represent and tell the stories in which they reside. How does Young Lucius of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, witness the carnage of his family while holding their stories in his small hands? What stories does Young Macduff, a small, yet mysteriously wise hero, tell his mother in his short scene before his own impending death? And how do those stories influence and reference his own father’s and family life? Sweet Mamillius must watch his father descend into a jealous madness and then bear witness to the imprisonment of his beloved mother at the hands of his father. As the only literal storyteller among these three young ones, what significance does a beginning with no end have on a child’s inquisitive and devoted mind?


Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle, WA

B.F.A. Theatre & Original Works

September 2012 - May 2016

Graduated with a 3.7 GPA

This intense conservatory-style theater program is surprisingly academic, as well. It trains the actor and theater artist over four years, nurturing their talents pedagogically and taught by the professional theater artists in their fields. At the start of the third year, the Original Works students undertake another layer of their training along with their acting classes: playwriting and directing.

Projects Current & Past

Writing of a Full-Length Original Play — Playwright

June 2023-December 2023

The House on Monaco (2023) Abandonment, addiction, and depression are thrust into the forefront of three middle-aged childrens' minds as the murky childhood and trauma of their mother is uncovered. Inspired by the true stories of the remarkable Native women who made me possible. 


Writing of a Full-Length Original Play — Playwright

October 2023

The Soul and the Angel (2023) Twins Alma and Angelita carry the trauma of being a young woman in this society along with the burden of first-generation pressures as they try to navigate the present lives and plan for their futures. 


Writing of a Full-Length Original Play — Playwright

September 2021

The Vapours (2021) In 1863, a Victorian Countess invites an old, dear friend for tea in hopes of unraveling a decade old repressed memory that has led to a paralyzing case of P.T.S.D.. "The Vapours" is an antiquated term for a myriad of mental health issues, including what the Victorian's called hysteria, melancholy and P.M.S..


Épine Noir Society — Founder, Founding Member

May 2020 - Present

Manage a membership website, organize two to four online discussions a month to discuss art, philosophy, ideas, history and science. Edit and contribute to an online monthly Art and Literary Magazine publication.


Mentoring a Student in Playwriting — Playwright Mentor

November 2019 – May 2020

Assisting a senior at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula construct and write a full-length play to be produced and performed by their class as their senior play.


The Royal Shakespeare Company and the University of Birmingham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K. - Playwright, Actor, Producer

January 2018 - May 2018

The M.A. Shakespeare and Creativity cohort devised two productions with the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The final production was an original and analytical play called Fourplay, about the women who fake their deaths in Shakespeare’s plays. Wrote and participated in the production process. Fourplay (staged 2018) A play written in collaboration with Fiona McGregor, Lauren Bates, Lorna Jinks and Ella-Lucia Ricci. When three of Shakespeare's women commit psuedocide, where do they go? where do they wait for their men to learn the lessons necessary to get their beloved women back? Performed in the Other Place Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom.


The Shakespeare Institute Players, Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K. — Director, Producer, Stage Manager, Designer (Costume, Set)

January 2018 - March 2018

A full-length production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull with a diverse cast of talented individuals. Managed, scheduled and produced rehearsals, communications and performances.


Development and Writing of a Novel— Author

October 2017 - Still in Progress

A story about a girl named Helena, daughter of a Shakespeare Professor and her estranged father, a doctor. In the event of her mother’s death, she is sent to live with the father she has never met, only to be followed by her mother’s beloved Shakespeare to England, where those centuries-old stories swirl through her life. An adaptation, and amalgamation of many of Shakespeare’s stories, Helena must discover her mother’s reason for choosing her name, a name which she despises.


Adaptation and Writing of a Full-Length Play — Playwright

January 2016 - Still in Progress

The Winters Tale (In Progress) A modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's classic and ambiguous so-called romance. In 1993, a small law firm in San Francisco welcomes a second baby into one of their title families. The stress brings out the worst in some, leading to heartbreak, desolation and death. 25 years later, in Winters, CA, a young law-student fights for the love of her life while battling the justice system.  


Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA - Producer, Director, Dramaturg, Playwright, Designer (costume, set, lights, sound)

November 2016 - April 2017

A one-man-show telling the story of a lesbian couple’s journey to motherhood in early 1990’s Austin, Texas. Produced, directed, scheduled, stage managed, and wrote rehearsals, and production. Designed lights, sound and set.


Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA - Producer, Director, Playwright, Designer (costume, set, lights, sound)

October 2015 - February 2016

A retelling of the tragic myth Pyramus and Thisbe through the eyes of Greek Gods Aphrodite and Ares. With a dramaturgy and stage management team, I produced, managed and scheduled rehearsals with the cast.


Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA - Actor, Director, Playwright, producer

January 2015 - May 2015

The Original Works Festival showcases the work of the Original Works major students. Each student wrote a 10-minute play, directed a member of their cohort’s play and performed in multiple others. Assisted in the production of the full New Play festival. Funeral of a contradiction (staged 2015)  Two adult sisters, at odds with each other and attempting to deal the tragic fact of their mother's dissent into addiction and ultimate death, take a trip to Costco to pick up a meal for their large family. A snide comment in the frozen section launches an all-out battle that has taken years to surface. 


Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA – Wardrobe assistant

September 2013 – October 2013

Assisted in costume creation under the primary costume designer, sewing, pattern cutting and building, assisted with fabric and costume shopping along with construction and tailoring up until the performance of Failure: A Love Story. During the performance, managed, coordinated, assisted actors, ironed, mended, assured the proper use of all costumes and became the primary costumer throughout the run and strike.


Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA – Wardrobe assistant

February 2013 – April 2013

Managed, performed and coordinated all quick changes during the run of the musical Bat Boy. Washed, ironed, and prepared all costumes for the next performance. Arrived early to prepare dressing rooms and assure proper handling of costumes


The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA - Actor, Director, Playwright, Producer, Designer

October 2011 - May 2012

An original one-person-show based on the lives of four generations of Griffen women, on their 18th birthdays. Produced, wrote and designed the sound and music, costumes and set of the final fully- produced original one-person show.  


Work Experience

The City of Mountain View,  Mountain View, CA - Facility Supervisor

October 2023-Present

Supervise clients while using the venues. Practice good customer service, monitor venues, enforce policies, provide first aid, prevent and mitigate risks, and ensure the equipment and facility are used properly.


Kimberly Clouse, San Francisco, CA - Producer

November 2021-November 2021

Produced and stage-managed staged reading of a new play Marion’s Fire. Managed and organized music cues, actors, time, food and beverages and audience.


Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA - Literary Council Member

January 2021- April 2021

Read 25+ to help narrow down and choose 6 finalists for the 2021 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.


Private Family, Menlo Park, CA – Nanny

June 2020 – Present

Supervise playtime, both indoor and outdoor, including biking and day trips. Managed time, meals  with time management, oversaw appropriate school and life behavior throughout school and recreational time.


Website Design, Remote - Website Designer

March 2020 – Present

Design websites to client's specifications. Create beautiful, graphically pleasing pages. Consider the human and the brand that human wants to develop and promote in order to create a website that is unique and identifiable


Playwrights Foundation, remote – Reader

November 2019 – January 2021

Read 15 full-length plays as part of the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation 2020 National Committee. Subsequently completing a feedback form for each play in order to choose which plays the Playwrights Foundation will support in the coming 2020-2021 season. 


TheatreWorks, Mountain View, CA – Teaching Artist

September 2019 – December 2019

Taught the Young Playwrights Project curriculum to a class of 13 young people in grades tenth to twelfth. Lead exercises with the goal of writing 10-minute plays. Advise and edit the student’s work, culminating in eight fully produced staged readings with professional directors and actors.


Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA – Artistic Fellow

January 2019 – April 2019

Assisted Artistic Director Amy Mueller with administrative and casting. Composed and edited emails for nationally and internationally known theater practitioners from across the country with invitations, information and role offers. Organized the office and acted as personal assistant to the Artistic Director.


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K. — Teaching Artist

October 2018 – December 2018

In a team of three, led groups of 15-30 school children ages 7 to 14 from all over the United Kingdom in a three-hour Shakespeare workshop. Lead the creation of a scripted adaptation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, effectively giving the children a practical knowledge of Shakespeare’s life and work.


University of Birmingham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, U.K. — PGT Research Placement Shakespeare and D/deaf Children

June 2018 - September 2018

Assisted Professor Abigail Rokison-Woodall with her research pertaining to D/deaf children and Shakespeare. Assisted with a Research and Development week by scribing and participating while developing new exercises and content for the RSC’s Rehearsal Room Toolkit.


Seattle Waldorf School, Seattle, WA — Extended Care Kindergarten Teacher

September 2016 - June 2017

Supervised up to 20 students while developing and implementing tools to communicate professionally with co-teacher, class teachers and parents about individual students and duties. Lead circles, told stories, supervised indoor and outdoor play. Assisted the children, including multiple with behavioral disorders, in the development of invaluable tools to communicate with peers and develop as individuals.


Seattle Children’s Theater, Seattle, WA — Morning/Afternoon Extended Care Supervisor and Summer Camp Counselor

June 2016 - December 2016

Effective communication practices with parents, camp counselors and supervisors. Organized medical and health and safety forms.


Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA - House Manager

September 2014 - May 2016

Opened the house, managed box office, made announcements to the audience about health and safety and other pertinent information. Communicated with stage managers, Production Managers, directors, actors before and after the show.


The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Los Altos/Mountain View, CA — Director/Assistant director/Assistant Teacher

May 2009 - June 2015

Assisted class teachers in or directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2X); the Sound of Music; Almost, Maine; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead; Fiddler on the Roof; and The Taming of the Shrew. Enforced administration policies and rules that governed students and discussed assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts and helped to maintain order in the classroom.

Work Experience
Projects Current & Past
Theater Resume

Theater Resume


​The Seagull (Anton Chekhov)                                              The Shakespeare Institute Players, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

Lavender Rose (A. A. Grimm)                                                                                        Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

Aaron and Sophie (A. A. Grimm)                                                                                   Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

Lavender’s Body (Leah Webster)                                                                                  Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Tom Stoppard)             Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA

The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare)                              Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)                      Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA


The Sound of Music  (Rodgers & Hammerstein)                             Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA

Fiddler on the Roof (Joseph Stein)                                                      Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA

Almost, Maine (John Cariani)                                                                Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA 

The Man Who Turned Into a Stick (Kobo Abe)                                

and No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre)                                                              Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Mountain View, CA  As You Like It (William Shakespeare)                                                       San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Palo Alto, CA


The Seagull                                                                 reading                                                                       Épine Noir Society, 2021​

Aaron and Sophie                                                      reading                                 Dragon Productions Theater Company, 2020 

        (Canceled due to COVID-19)​

Lavender Rose                                                           production                                                Cornish College of the Arts, 2017

Aaron and Sophie                                                      reading                                                       Cornish College of the Arts, 2016 

Funeral of a Contradiction                                     production                                                 Cornish College of the Arts, 2015

Griffen                                                                          production                                        Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 2012


Fourplay                                                                        production                                                          The Shakespeare Institute
Co-writers Fiona McGregor, Lauren Bates                                                and the Royal Shakespeare Company, UK, 2018


The Little Foxes                                                         Alexandra                                          City Lights Theater Company, 2020

​ (Canceled due to COVID-19)                                                                                              Dir. Mark Anderson Phillips  

The Wolves                                                                   #14                                                      City Lights Theater Company, 2019

​                                                                                                                                                       Dir. Kimberly Mohne-Hill​

The Taming of the Shrew                                         Tranio                                            The Shakespeare Institute Players, 2018

​                                                                                                                                                        Dir. Juliano Zaffino

 Fourplay                                                                        Hermione                                   The Royal Shakespeare Company , 2018

                                                                                                                                                         Dir. Lorna Jinks

The Brother’s K                                                            Bet Chance                                          Book-It Repertory Theater, 2016

                                                                                                                                                        Dir. Myra Platt

Harrison, Texas                                                             Dolores Henry                                     Cornish College of the Arts, 2014

                                                                                                                                                           Dir. Kelly Kitchens

Education & Training

Dramatists Guild (Fall 2023) completed October 7, 2023
Instructor: Steve Harper

Dragon Theater Playwriting Intensive (July 2021-September 2021) completed September 2021
Instructor: Bridgette Dutta Portman  


University of Birmingham (2017-2018) MA Shakespeare & Creativity received December 2018

Theater Practice and The Shakespeare Ensemble: Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Shakespearience and Shakespeare in Society: Ewan Fernie

Shakespeare’s Craftsmanship: Will Sharpe

Shakespeare and Early Modern Playhouse Culture: Simon Smith

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Penelope Freedman


Cornish College of the Arts (2012-2016) BFA received May 2016

Acting: Marya Sea Kaminski, Lisa Norman, Timothy Piggee, Robin Lynn Smith, Annette Toutonghi, Amy Thone

Voice: Alyssa Keene, Rhonda J. Soikowski, Terri Weagant, Kate Myre

Movement: Ellen Boyle, Keira McDonald, David Taft

Stage Combat: Geoffrey Alm

Playwriting: Elizabeth Heffron, Stephanie Timm

Directing: Kathleen Collins

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