Lou Ann has worked professionally for 20 years directing, performing, and writing for young audiences. Under the auspices of Young Audiences of Virginia Inc., she has toured schools all over the state, performing for elementary and high school audiences in productions ranging from story theater to Shakespeare. She has also conducted drama residencies and workshops in schools, museums, and community centers throughout Virginia. She studied dance, theater, and movement at New York University and Old Dominion University, as well as stage movement and pantomime with Mina Yakim in New York City. Lou Ann homeschooled her son (now in college), and has taught classes at CHEC for the last six years – writing, adapting and directing plays, as well as using the dramatic arts, creative movement, and storytelling to teach history and literature, and geography.