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 director, theater-maker, educator, and writer in love with performance that is vital, immediate, and unrelenting.
She is the winner of the 2014 Ovation Award for Directing, a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a Fulbright recipient to New Zealand, where she worked in community-based, multicultural, ensemble theater. There she also taught at Massey University and directed for Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand.
She is the former Director of Education for the American Shakespeare Center, where she spent three years developing the company’s youth programs. Currently she is directing and creating in the Los Angeles area, including teaching Performance Studies at California State University, Northridge, and making theater with her company, Fugitive Kind. She also produces Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers, social justice feminist performance that raises money for non-profits in the LA community.
Her productions have received critical acclaim for energetic, passionate performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Virginia, and New Zealand (see reviews page). 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. In addition to directing, Amanda’s interest in social arts programs led her to head The Voice Project, a writing and performance ensemble for female inmates. 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. She muses at stars in my hands.