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Amanda has been fortunate enough to work with children, teens, and adults as a theatrical educator.
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Amanda was educated at Highline Community College under Professor Richard Lorig, and worked on the Stage Crew at the college for 4 years. During this time, a large element of Amanda's training was learning how to teach with compassion, patience, and reliability. Having assistant taught all theater classes, managed the Stagecraft classes, and supervised all technical elements of each production at the college, it was no surprise that educational theater was the next step in her career.
As a community college, Highline provided Amanda the opportunity to work with a large age range - from those in the Running Start program whose first years of college began at 16, to older-aged students returning to school for a life change. This provided Amanda the skill to communicate easily with young adults who may need additional assistance, as well as those older than her whose respect was earned through capable communication and clear direction.
Amanda was hired as a Stage Manager at Youth Theatre Northwest 2 years into her training at Highline, and she learned to freelance as a Teaching Artist with them in the following years. She worked with children whose ages ranged from 6 - 17 as an educator, stage manager, designer, and more. She was on their on-call list for school programs and was often assigned student assistants who wished to pursue technical theater training.
In the years to follow college and Youth Theatre Northwest, Amanda has found herself in many instances of educating within theater. As the Technical Director at Seattle Public Theatre, Amanda was responsible for educating all technical theater students and developed programs for properties design, stage management, and scenic artistry. She developed a summer theater program for a tutoring group in Greenwood, which included theatrical makeup for children aged 6 - 10. She has also been invited to speak to classes at several universities, including Seattle Pacific University (Theatrical Management for Women) Seattle University (Creative Producing and Podcasting for Artistic Communities) and Columbus State University (Arts Leadership Career Day).