Amy Lynn Budd is Assistant Professor of Theater at Goshen College where she just opened The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Amy directed Glück's opera Orfeo ed Eurydice in Italian at GC in the spring of 2021. She teaches courses in performance and theater history. Amy also directed a highly refined private Zoom reading of Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird with VS. Theatre of Los Angeles during the pandemic.
Prior to arriving at Goshen in August 2020, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at the State University of New York at Oswego where she directed The Fantasticks in the fall of 2019. Other directing projects include She Kills Monsters, Clybourne Park, and Cabaret at Purdue University. At Purdue, Amy also collaborated with Dr. John Larson, Department of History, to create an interdisciplinary course studying the musical Hamilton. Students created original short works in its spirit.
Amy spent summer 2017 in rehearsals for Darling Grenadine as part of Goodspeed Musicals' prestigious Professional Directing Observership. There, she worked with director Kristin Hanggi (Tony Nominee, Rock of Ages) and choreographer Chase Brock (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark).
Other projects include:
Women Speaking Math, a street theatre interruption in protest form
a devised piece, Solved/Sleeping, about the work of early computer programmers
a family-oriented touring version Shakespeare's As You Like It for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
Prior to starting her MFA, Amy directed, performed, and taught in Providence, Rhode Island for sixteen years. She directed regional and world premiere productions at Perishable Theatre, Brown University's MFA Playwriting program (under the leadership of Mac Wellman and Nilo Cruz), Contemporary Theatre Company, All Children’s Theatre Ensemble, and others.
Amy was a 2006-09 Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre where she developed a full-length performance work, The Thing that Ate My Brain…Almost. It toured to Austin, Texas and Washington, DC.
As a teaching artist, Amy collaborated on numerous performances annually from 2001-2013. She directed plays written by and for first through twelfth graders and taught acting and playwriting. Amy’s favorite projects, however, involved incorporating academic content as a basis for ensemble-devised works, thus challenging students to apply their knowledge in new ways and to take ownership of their creative work.
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