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

T/D-110 (Performance Practicum), T/D-118 (Dramaturgy Practicum), T/D-218 (Dramaturgy Practicum), T/D-270 (Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research), T/D-370 (Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research), T/D-379 (Adv Social Just Thtre), and T/D-398 (T/D Honors Project)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-110 Performance Practicum 117 2017/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-115 Assistant Stage Manager 45 2013/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-215 Stage Management 34 2014/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-370 Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research 23 2018/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-270 Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research 19 2018/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-244 ST:Text in Performance 17 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2008/SP, 2008/JN, 2007/JN, and 1999/SP
T/D-399 Senior Project 17 2014/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-398 T/D Honors Project 12 2018/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-136 Social Justice Theatre 10 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2008/SP
T/D-106 Acting I 9 2018/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-236 Theatre and Society 9 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2010/SP, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2000/FA, and 2000/SP
FTS-100 FTS:American Drama 8 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
T/D-379 Adv Social Just Thtre 8 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
T/D-247 Beginning Directing 7 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2004/SP, and 2002/SP
T/D-272 Creative Research 7 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, 2015/JN, 2014/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
T/D-107 January Production 6 2018/JN, 2015/JN, 2014/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, and 2006/JN
T/D-218 Dramaturgy Practicum 6 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2014/FA
T/D-381 Performance Theory 6 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
T/D-118 Dramaturgy Practicum 5 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, and 2015/FA
T/D-144 ST:Social Justice Ens 5 2017/SP and 2016/FA
T/D-372 Creative Research 4 2018/JN, 2015/JN, 2011/JN, and 2010/JN
T/D-255 Playmaking/Playwriting 3 2016/FA, 2006/SP, and 2002/SP
T/D-244 ST:Shakespeare Lab 3 2010/FA
CUR-240 Theatre Arts 3 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA
T/D-231 World Theatre II 3 2005/FA, 2003/FA, and 1999/FA
T/D-371 Dramatic Theory 3 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
T/D-216 Theatre in the Community Practicum 2 2005/FA and 2001/JN
NDL-229 Improv Incorporated 2 2004/JN and 2003/JN
T/D-101 Theatre Appreciation 2 2002/FA and 1999/FA
GWS-224 Staying Alive 1 2013/SP
T/D-378 Advanced Directing 1 2007/FA
T/D-230 World Theatre I 1 2006/FA
T/D-376 Advanced Acting 1 2002/SP
T/D-314 Directing Practicum 1 2001/JN
T/D-120 Puppet-Making and Performance 1 2001/JN
T/D-116 Irish Theatre 1 2000/JN
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.