portrait of Ann Sorenson

Ann Sorenson, MFA

Professor of Communication

MFA, Columbia University

B.A., Luther College

Contact Information

Mel Johnson Media Center (KTIS), M162
Mel Johnson Media Center, MJ230
2993 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55113


Ann Sorenson served as Theater Director at Minnehaha Academy for 12 years before coming to University of Northwestern. She received her M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. During her time in New York City, she received a New York Women in Film nomination and a Directing the Actors Fellowship from Columbia University.

Sorenson's latest film, My First Funeral, screened at the 11th Annual Burbank International Film Festival, the Iowa Independent Film Festival, the Salty Earth Film Festival, and the Canadian International Faith and Family Festival. It was a semi-finalist at the Burbank International Film Festival and the Canadian International Faith and Family Festival and won Best Comedy Short at the Salty Earth Film Festival. The film also screened at the University Film and Video Association annual conference.

Sorenson was casting director for the locally produced short film, "Good Morning" which was accepted into the International Minneapolis St. Paul Film Festival spring of 2008. She is a founding member of Minnesota Women in Film and Television.

In addition to film, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing Scrabble, and spending time with her husband, daughter, family, and friends.

Specialty Areas
  • Film production
  • Script writing
  • Visual narrative

Department and Teaching Responsibilities

  • Advisor to NW Productions
  • Intro to Film
  • Story Structure
  • Single Camera Production
  • Script writing

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