BA Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), MFA in Dramaturgy A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
Tel 64 3 479 9133
Amanda is an American theatre practitioner with a focus in dramaturgy and playwriting. She holds a BA from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), and an MFA in Dramaturgy from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). She has also studied at Trinity College in Ireland, the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia, and the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Poland.
Amanda has worked at several regional theatres in the United States as a dramaturg, including the Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL) and the American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, MA). She is currently the resident dramaturg of Liars & Believers in Cambridge, MA, and the co-artistic director of Wormwood Theatre, which develops devised, site-inspired theatre in Denver, CO.
As a dramaturg, recent projects include the new musical Waitress (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA) and Who Would Be King (Oberon, Cambridge, MA, and Ars Nova, New York, NY). Recent writing projects include Lessons from Lenny Bruce, which premiered at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) and was performed at several theatres in the Boston area, and her new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which is currently touring throughout the United States with Hampstead Stage Company. Her play Chamber Play will premiere at Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) in Fall 2017. As both dramaturg and writer, Amanda collaborated with director Daniel Passer on A Big Mess, a Commedia dell’arte inspired Molière adaptation, which was devised and performed at the American Repertory Theatre Institute in 2016.
Amanda is also a writer and director of serialized, site-inspired work. She most recently collaborated with Wormwood Theatre on the Tunes, Brews, and Wormwood play series, which involved pairing with a different local band and brewery each month to develop six different music and site inspired works. As a director, she mounted Chicago playwright Ike Holter’s Midnight Society series in various establishments (including the backyard of a honey store) between 2014-2016. Overall, Amanda is most interested in theatre that is collaborative (with other artists and art forms, from classical music to craft beer), experimental in form, and involved in public life.
- Devised & site-inspired theatre
- New play development
- Musical theatre
- Serialized theatre
- Modern American theatre
- Russian theatre
- Commedia dell’arte