Overview

Born and raised in the Heartland, Amy is happy to be back teaching at Wichita State University after a professional career in New York City.  After performing professionally on shows such as the First National Broadway Tour of 42nd Street, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and with other renowned regional theaters Amy realized that her life's passion is teaching.  She has a remarkable way of connecting with students to help them cultivate the necessary techniques of their craft, challenging them to push past their limits while empowering them with confidence and synthesizing their unique talents, passions and interests into tangible career opportunities.  She is honored to be a part of the School of Performing Arts where she spends her days teaching students how to make a living doing what they love.  Amy has also become a sought after Director/ Choreographer and Guest Teaching Artist in the region.  She loves working with Music Theatre of Wichita, Prairie Repertory Theatre, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Information

Academic Interests and Expertise
  • MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University
  • BFA in Musical Theatre from Wichita State University
Areas of Teaching Interest
  • Tap Dance
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Musical Theatre Audition Class
  • Directing the Musical
  • Musical Theatre Laboratory
  • Musical Theatre Scene Study
  • Capstone Project
  • Performing Arts Seminar
Professional Experience

Amy presents Master Classes across globe and is a proud member of the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Board, where she is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Dance Intensive. Amy is fiercely committed to the preservation of Original Broadway Choreography and preparing WSU Performing Arts students to make a living doing what they love.

Professional Choreography Credits include:  Disney’s MY SON PINICCHIO, HONK! (Mary Jane Teall Award), GYPSY (Mary Jane Teall Award), and CAMELOT with MTWichita.  Amy’s choreography has been showcased in NYC at the New York Jazz Choreography Project (Alvin Ailey Studios) and Traditions in Tap, with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Reparatory Theatre in South Dakota, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Opera Kansas, across Northern Italy, and in numerous capacities at WSU as a Director/Choreographer.  

Professional Performing Highlights include: Phyllis Dale on the First National Broadway Tour of 42nd STREET, the RADIO CITY CHRISMAS SPECTACULAR, receiving her Actor’s Equity card while doing SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and performing in the resident MTWichita company for five summers and most recently playing the role of "Anytime Annie" in their production of 42ND STREET. 

 

Awards and Honors

In 2016, the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. honored Amy for her direction and choreography of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ.

Proud recipient of the 2016 Mickey and Pete Armstrong Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching