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 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

  • Social Justice Theatre
  • Performance Theory
  • Directing 
  • Theatre and society
  • Improvisation
  • Devised Theatre
  • FTS

Education

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


Courses Taught

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-110Performance Practicum1172017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/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-370Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research232018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-270Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research192018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
T/D-244ST:Text in Performance172017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2008/SP, 2008/JN, 2007/JN, and 1999/SP
T/D-399Senior Project172014/SP, 2011/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-398T/D Honors Project122018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-136Social Justice Theatre102017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2008/SP
T/D-236Theatre and Society92018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2010/SP, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2000/FA, and 2000/SP
T/D-106Acting I92018/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
FTS-100FTS:American Drama82017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
T/D-379Adv Social Just Thtre82017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-247Beginning Directing72018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2004/SP, and 2002/SP
T/D-272Creative Research72018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, 2015/JN, 2014/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
T/D-107January Production62018/JN, 2015/JN, 2014/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2006/JN
T/D-218Dramaturgy Practicum62017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2014/FA
T/D-381Performance Theory62017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
T/D-118Dramaturgy Practicum52017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, and 2015/FA
T/D-144ST:Social Justice Ens52017/SP and 2016/FA
T/D-372Creative Research42018/JN, 2015/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
T/D-255Playmaking/Playwriting32016/FA, 2006/SP, and 2002/SP
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-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-314Directing Practicum12001/JN
T/D-120Puppet-Making and Performance12001/JN
T/D-116Irish Theatre12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.