Faculty profile

Amy Lynn Budd

Visiting Assistant Professor, Acting and Directing


Contact

125B Tyler Hall
amy.budd@oswego.edu

Website

Amy Lynn Budd

Office hours

By appointment.

Amy is proud to join the SUNY Oswego Theatre faculty in the fall of 2019. Amy’s interests as a director include bringing images of science and scientists to the stage and using popular forms such as vaudeville and rock and roll to explore larger human dilemmas. She delights in finding intersections between classical text and contemporary poetic language.

Amy earned an MFA at Purdue University in 2016 and then stayed on as visiting faculty for three years, directing productions and teaching theatre appreciation, directing, director/designer collaboration, and an interdisciplinary course on the musical Hamilton. Prior to her time in Indiana, Amy worked in Providence, Rhode Island as a director, costume designer, stage manager, and teaching artist for 16 years. She directed for Perishable Theatre, Contemporary Theatre Company, Boston Theatre Marathon, Little Compton Community Center, Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program (under the leadership of Mac Wellman and Nilo Cruz), All Children’s Theatre Ensemble, The Manton Avenue Project, and others.

Amy has an extensive teaching background working with people from the age of 5-70+ to develop their artistic voices by creating original works for the stage as well as working with scripted material. She is a lifelong student of several dance forms.

Research

Amy’s recent directing projects include She Kills Monsters, Clybourne Park, Cabaret and The Secret In the Wings at Purdue Theatre as well as a reading of Human Terrain at Summit Performance Indianapolis. In 2017, she participated in Goodspeed Musicals’ prestigious Professional Directing Observership where she trained with Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) by attending rehearsals for Darling Grenadine, a new musical by Daniel Zaitchik. In fall 2017, she developed and co-taught a new course with Dr. John Larson, Professor of History called Hamilton: History, Artistry, Impact. In this course, Purdue students studied the historic and artistic foundations of the hit musical and devised new works in its spirit.

As part of her research on Hamilton, Amy produced a two-day artist residency bringing Andres Forero, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning drummer to Purdue. Mr. Forero presented a public clinic, taught seminars for acting and sound design students and conducted informal conversations in several classes. Mr. Forero is best known for his work on Hamilton (Broadway performances and original cast recording), Bring It On, and In the Heights.

Additional past directing projects include As You Like It at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; Women Speaking Math (a street performance in protest form) for the City of West Lafayette, David Ives’s adaptation of The Liar, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story, and the ensemble devised Solved/Sleeping at Purdue; and Love And Death, a Shakespearean collaboration with Lafayette Symphony.

Amy was a 2006-09 Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre, where she developed a full-length burlesque of her experience as a Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome (VHL) patient/survivor, The Thing That Ate My Brain…Almost. The show subsequently toured to Austin, TX (Frontera Fest) and Washington, DC (Kennedy Center/VSA Arts International Festival).

As a theatre educator, Amy has worked in public schools, after school programs, day camps, institutional settings, and adult continuing education programs. Most notably, she served as Artist in Residence at Oakland Beach Elementary School in Warwick, RI for eight years, collaborating with students and teachers to devise over 100 original plays and interdisciplinary performance pieces.

Publications

Book review: Kirsty Johnston’s Disability Theatre and Modern Drama: Recasting Modernism. Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal, Peer Review Section, Spring 2019.

Conferences

Orlando Directs. Panel Organizer. Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Slated for August 2019.

Hamilton Pedagogy Round Table. Discussant. Association for Theatre in Higher Education. August 2018.

Awards and honors

Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Development Grant, 2017 In support of participation in Goodspeed Musicals Professional Observership

Providence Phoenix Top Ten Theatre Pick, 2009. The Thing That Ate My Brain…Almost.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Project Grant, 2007, 2008. The Thing That Ate My Brain…Almost.

Oakland Beach Elementary School Residency. Funded by: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiscal years 2008-13, VSA Arts RI Access the Arts Grant 2006-13, CVS Charitable Foundation 2013, Providence Performing Arts Center/RI Monthly Arts Reach Grant 2006-09, 2011, 2012.

Providence Phoenix Best of Rhode Island, 2005. It’s Burlesque Workshop.

Performances and exhibitions

Education

  • MFA, Theatre Directing, Purdue University 2016
  • BA Theater, Indiana State University, 1995

Classes taught

  • THT 110 Introduction to Theatre
  • THT 130 Fundamentals of Acting