Amanda McRaven (Fulbright, New Zealand; MA Community-based Theatre, Massey University, New Zealand; MFA Directing, University of California, Irvine; BA English and Drama, University of Virginia)
Amanda is a proud member of SDC, a 2014 Ovation Award winner for Directing, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a Fulbright Award recipient to New Zealand, where she created and directed community-based theater and directed for Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand.
She directs and creates in the Los Angeles area, including making physical ensemble theater with her company, Fugitive Kind. A fierce proponent of feminist social justice performance, she is the founder and producer of Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers, theatrical burlesque/WWE/roller derby-inspired events that raise funds for non-profits in the LA community.
She has taught performance and social justice performance at California State University, Northridge and Massey University in New Zealand, and helmed The Voice Project, a writing and performance ensemble for female inmates in Troy, Virginia.
She began her professional career in Shakespeare, as an actor and then Director of Education for the American Shakespeare Center, where she spent three years developing the company’s youth programs. She is the co-founder of Make Trouble, an advanced training program for college students that focuses on the intersection of Shakespeare, devising, and ensemble.
Her productions have received critical acclaim for energetic, passionate performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Virginia, and New Zealand. In addition to her own work, she is proud to have assisted Dominique Serrand on Red Noses at The Actor’s Gang, Daniel Sullivan on Hamlet at South Coast Repertory Theatre, and Bill Rauch on The Clean House at Lincoln Center Theater.
Amanda works on performance that is physical, that re-ignites live audiences, and that engages non-theater communities. She is most interested in creating collaborative, vigorous, audience-centered performance. Some of her heroes and inspirations are Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren, Roberta Carreri, Ariane Mnouchkine, Kneehigh Theatre, Propeller, Elevator Repair Service, Odin Theatret, Theatre du Soleil, and Derevo.
Also a writer, she is the winner of the New Southerner 2013 Nonfiction Prize, has been published in NY______ and Penduline.