Amy Lynn Budd

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • BA Indiana State University

    MFA Purdue University

Department Information

Visual and Performing Arts // Faculty
Theatre // VPA // Faculty

Office Information

  • Amy’s recent directing projects include As You Like It at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; David Ives’s adaptation of  The Liar, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story, and the ensemble devised Solved/Sleeping (one half of The Hoes Progress) here at Purdue; and Love And Death, a Shakespearean collaboration with Lafayette Symphony. She also created Women Speaking Math, a pop-up performance in protest form, with Purdue students.

    Before coming to Purdue, Amy was based in Providence, RI where she worked as a director, costume designer, stage manager, and teaching artist for 16 years. She directed for the Contemporary Theatre Company, Boston Theatre Marathon, Perishable Theatre, Little Compton Community Center, Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program (under the leadership of Mac Wellmann and Nilo Cruz), All Children’s Theatre Ensemble, The Manton Avenue Project, and others. Amy Lynn was a 2006-09 Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre, where she developed a full-length burlesque of her experience as a Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome (VHL) patient/survivor. The Thing That Ate My Brain…Almost subsequently toured to Austin, TX and Washington, DC.

    As a theatre educator, she worked in public schools, after school programs, camps, institutional settings, and adult continuing education programs. Most notably, she served as Artist in Residence at Oakland Beach Elementary School in Warwick, RI for eight years. During that time, she directed scores of performances based on school curriculum and introduced hundreds of children to the joy and value of making theatre.

    Lady Miss Iris, Amy’s neo-burlesque alter ego, began performing in 2001. She appeared at rock clubs, theaters, and galleries from AS220 to the Great Boston Burlesque Expo, co-founded RI Burlesque Academy, taught award-winning workshops, and hosted special events. She announced for Providence Roller Derby for three seasons and still enjoys calling women's flat track roller derby when her schedule permits.

    Amy Lynn is a member of the West Lafayette Public Art Team.


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