Amy Seham

Faculty

Amy Seham came to Gustavus in 1997 with a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.F.A. from Northwestern University and years of experience as Artistic Director of Performance Studio and Free Shakespeare on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. She has directed a wide variety of shows in the Anderson Theatre from musicals to Shakespeare to original works. In the last six summers, Amy's work as a playwright has also been presented at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in products featuring Gustavus students and alumni. Amy's research and teaching specialties include improvisation and theatre for social justice. Her book,Whose Improv Is It Any?Beyond Second City,exploring power and process in Chicago improv-comedy was published in 2001. She has created and conducted workshops on race, gender and resisting stereotypes in improv at universities, theatres and conferences across the United States, as well as in Ireland and India. At Gustavus Amy has intensified her commitment to theatre for social justice, developing a new course in Creative Social Justice Theatre and mentoring the student social justice theatre troupeI Am, We Are. She lives in Saint Peter with her wonderful 5-year-old daughter, Miranda.

Experience

  • Teacher/Director at Gustavus Adolphus College: 1997-present
  • Artistic Director of theatres in Michigan and Connecticut
  • Author: Whose Improv Is It Anyway?, published 2001

Teaching Areas

  • Acting
  • Theatre history
  • Dramatic theory
  • Theatre and society
  • FTS

Education

B.A. Wesleyan University; M.F.A Northwestern University (Directing); Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison


Courses Taught

Current

T/D-110 (Performance Practicum), T/D-236 (Theatre and Society), T/D-247 (Beginning Directing), and T/D-399 (Senior Project)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-110Performance Practicum1082013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2002/JN, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
T/D-115Assistant Stage Manager452013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2010/JN, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2009/JN, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2002/JN, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-215Stage Management342014/JN, 2011/SP, 2011/JN, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2010/JN, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2009/JN, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2002/JN, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, and 1999/FA
T/D-399Senior Project162011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2001/JN, and 2000/SP
T/D-370Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research112013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-270Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research102013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
T/D-244ST:Hamlet on Stage92011/SP, 2010/FA, 2008/SP, 2008/JN, 2007/JN, and 1999/SP
T/D-106Beginning Acting82007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-136Social Justice Theatre62013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2008/SP
T/D-236Theatre and Society62010/SP, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2000/FA, and 2000/SP
T/D-107January Production42014/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2006/JN
T/D-398Theatre Honors Project42013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
FTS-100FTS:American Drama42013/FA, 2012/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
T/D-379Justice Theatre42013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-381Performance Theory42013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
T/D-247Beginning Directing42010/SP, 2008/SP, 2004/SP, and 2002/SP
T/D-272Intermediate Creative Expression32014/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
T/D-244ST:Shakespeare Lab32010/FA
CUR-240Theatre Arts32009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA
T/D-231World Theatre II32005/FA, 2003/FA, and 1999/FA
T/D-371Dramatic Theory32003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-372Advanced Creative Expression22011/JN and 2010/JN
T/D-255Playmaking/Playwriting22006/SP and 2002/SP
T/D-216Theatre in the Community Practicum22005/FA and 2001/JN
NDL-229Improv Incorporated22004/JN and 2003/JN
T/D-101Theatre Appreciation22002/FA and 1999/FA
GWS-224Staying Alive12013/SP
T/D-378Advanced Directing12007/FA
T/D-230World Theatre I12006/FA
T/D-376Advanced Acting12002/SP
T/D-120Puppet-Making and Performance12001/JN
T/D-314Directing Practicum12001/JN
T/D-116Irish Theatre12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.