Amy Waguespack. Director
Amy is the Artistic Director and founder of Acting Up (in Acadiana). A Louisiana native, Amy finished her BA in English Literature at the University of Maine and her MFA in Theatre Arts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She teaches privately (students of all ages) at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and has taught at UMM, SUNY Stony Brook, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College. She has former students who have worked in television, film, theatre, and commercials in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, as well as touring internationally. This year, two of Acting Up’s Jr. Company members were accepted into NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. As an actor and director she has a passion for the classics and for the development of new works. Favorite directing projects have included LYSISTRATA, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TEMPEST, MACBETH, SUSTAINED WINDS, and UNBEARABLY LO_ELY (as artistic and assistant director to guest artist Justin Zsebe). Acting credits include Harper in ANGELS IN AMERICA under the direction of Martha Banta in New York. Recently she played a character named Amy in Tom Krueger’s film THE DAISY CHAIN. Under her leadership, Acting Up has collaborated with numerous non-profit organizations such as PASA, Healing House, The Junior League, Lafayette Animal Aid, and Acadiana Outreach Center. Amy has also worked in arts and education encouraging the arts to be integrated into the academic curriculum. She has taught numerous professional development workshops for the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Parish School Board. She served as the master theatre artist for the PAL Initiative (Performing Arts Learners) through a grant from the DANA Foundation and administered by the ACA. Currently she works with KidSmart, a New Orleans based arts organization, doing two week residencies in various schools around the state. Amy helped develop the summer theatre program for the ACA through the GEAR UP program, as well as continuing into year ten of the Summer Youth Shakespeare Ensemble—a 15 day intensive performing arts camp for students ages 10-senior in high school.