Since her appointment as Artistic Director in 1997, Annie has developed the company into a vital force in the cultural landscape of Tasmania and contributing to national arts practice. Under Annie’s leadership, Tasdance has built a reputation for high quality main-stage presentations and innovative community and education programs, as well as being lauded nationally as supporting the growth and development of young and emerging Australian dance artists. Her curated programs tour Tasmania annually and are regularly selected for regional interstate touring.
Annie began her dance training in Launceston, Tasmania and went on to study in Adelaide with the Australian Dance Theatre under the direction of Elizabeth Dalman. Annie received a Fulbright scholarship in 1979, enabling her to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Dance at New York University. As well as extending her dance practice, Annie developed skills in dance video production and won awards in Experimental Dance Video at the American Dance Film and Video Festival (1981 and 1982). She benefited greatly from working with internationally acclaimed choreographers Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis.
Since returning to Australia, Annie has worked in many dance related capacities including Course Director with the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), freelance teacher and video maker, Liaison Officer with Tasdance under Jenny Kinder, lecturing at the University of Tasmania for the Bachelor of Performing Arts Dance students, Performing Arts Program Officer with Arts Tasmania. She served on the Tasmanian Cultural Industries Council, the Australian Dance Council and the Advisory Committee for the Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra. She was President of Ausdance NSW and a National Vice-President of Ausdance and a former member of the Australian Dance Awards Selection Panel. Annie is currently the Secretary for the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network.
Annie received a Centenary Medal in 2003 for her services to Australian society and dance. She has also received an Honorary Life Membership to Ausdance in recognition of her services to dance and Ausdance. In 2008, Annie was thrilled with the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for Tasdance in recognition of the company's work. Annie was one of six nominated for the Distinguished Tasmanian Artist Award as part of the Island Inspired Minister's Awards, 2009, and included in the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women. Annie undertook an Asialink residency in 2001 to Korea and worked with Dr Sun Ock Lee and the Son Mu Ga Dance Company. This resulted in Tasdance being invited to perform at the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network (APPAN) in Seoul in May 2002 and again in India for the APPAN conference in 2003.