Ann received her Master of Arts and PhD-ABD from University of Southern California, Critical Studies/Cinema and Television. The focus of her doctoral studies at USC was psychoanalytic analysis of film noir. She worked in the Hollywood film industry with B movie mogul, Sam Arkoff, at Arkoff International Pictures. Her jobs at AIP included Story Editor and Head of Development. Her first production with AIP was Up The Creek (Orion Pictures - 1983) as Executive Creative Consultant.
She was the Associate Producer of Choices (1984),an L.A. Emmy award-winning PBS special on teenage sexual decision-making. Her next feature credit was Post Production Supervisor on The Big Easy (Columbia Pictures - 1987). Ann also worked on several television productions and smaller films.
In 1991, Ann moved to British Columbia where she lived in Nelson, BC and taught in the public school system. She was district curriculum coordinator in Nelson before becoming the professional development manager for the BC Principals and Vice-Principals Association. She managed leadership development for the BC School Superintendents Association and was a faculty associate for the Masters of Art in Leadership Training (MALT program) at Royal Roads University.
Ann began teaching at VFS in 2001. She has taught in both Film Production and Writing for Film & Television, and her courses include Film Theory, Film Styles, Film Genre, and Character Development. She also taught Canadian Cinema at Langara College and is a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University for Critical Studies: Reading the Screen.