Visiting Assistant Professor
Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts
Amy Lynn Budd joins the Purdue University faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre in Directing. She holds an MFA from the Purdue University and a BA from Indiana State University.
Amy is interested in bringing images of science and scientists to the stage and using popular forms such as burlesque and rock and roll to explore larger human dilemmas. She delights in finding intersections between classical text and contemporary language. Her recent directing projects include As You Like It at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; the musical Cabaret, David Ives’s recent adaptation of The Liar, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story, and the ensemble devised Solved/Sleeping 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, collaborating with students and teachers to devise scores of original performances.