B.S.E. in Speech and Theatre; minor in English, University of Central Missouri, 2004; M.A. in Theatre Arts, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2012
While at KU, Amanda served as Director for the production of Proof, Assistant Director under Bill Russell for the 2013 production of Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens; Co-Director for a staged reading of 8; and as a Director for the Graduate Students’ 10 Minute Play Festival.
Amanda has taught several courses as well as served as a Graduate Student Assistant for other courses. Courses include: Acting I (THR 106), Introduction to Theatre (THR 100), History of US Theatre (THR 528), Theatre History II (THR 526), Popular Culture: American Musical Theatre (THR 380), and Public Speaking (THR 120). In addition to her academic work, Amanda is the Literary Assistant and Dramaturg at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. She has also had the pleasure of serving as Assistant Director, Stage Manager, and Dramaturg for productions in the Kansas City area at the Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Amanda’s areas of research are in dramaturgy, new play development, and representations of the United States military in theatre literature and on the stage, specifically cultural representations of the Vietnam War. She has presented at several regional and national conferences including the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and others.