Norma came to the University of Wisconsin in 1998, and currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Directing Program. She has served as Artistic Administrator & Resident Director for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre during which time she served as casting director and internship coordinator. Norma earned a BFA in Acting from Illinois Wesleyan University and a MFA from the University of Illinois-Champaign and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Norma has served as adjunct faculty and taught seminars at prestigious institutions such as UCLA, USC, University of South Carolina, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Her many professional credits include: Blind Parrot Productions, Absolute Theatre Company, Center Theatre-Chicago; Illinois Repertory Theatre, Urbana, Illinois; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Next Act Theatre Company, Renaissance Theatre-works, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Madison Repertory Theatre-Madison, Wisconsin; San Jose Repertory Theatre-San Jose, California; A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Washington, to name a few. College/University credits include: University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Illinois Wesleyan University; and Beloit.