Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceCollege of Liberal Arts

Amy Lynn Budd

  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • BA Indiana State University

    MFA Purdue University

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Theatre // VPA // Visiting Assistant Professor
Design, Art, and Performance // Visiting Assistant Professor

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  • Amy’s recent directing projects include Clybourne Park, Cabaret  and The Secret In the Wings at Purdue Theatre. Last summer, she participated in Goodspeed Musicals’ prestigious Professional Directing Observership where she trained with Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) by attending rehearsals for Darling Grenadine, a new musical by Daniel Zaitchik.  In fall 2017, she developed and co-taught a new course with Dr. John Larson, Professor of History called Hamilton: History, Artistry, Impact. In this course, Purdue students studied the historic and artistic foundations of the hit musical and devised new works in its spirit.

    Other past directing projects include As You Like It at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; Women Speaking Math (a street performance in protest form) for the City of West Lafayette, David Ives’s adaptation of  The Liar, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story, and the ensemble devised Solved/Sleeping at Purdue; and Love And Death, a Shakespearean collaboration with Lafayette Symphony. 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 poetic language.  

    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 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. The show subsequently toured to Austin, TX and Washington, DC. As a theatre educator, Amy worked in public schools, after school programs, day 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 over 100 original plays and interdisciplinary performance pieces.

    Amy holds an MFA in Directing from Purdue and a BA in Theatre from Indiana State University. She proudly serves as Co-Chair of the West Lafayette Public Art Team.



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