Amanda Olmstead - PhD Student




BA, Theatre with a minor in Dance, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

MA, Performance Studies, New York University


Amanda Olmstead is an active theatre practitioner, scholar, and PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her specialization at Pitt is in voice and movement, specifically relating to musical theatre pedagogy. Amanda currently serves as the Musical Theatre Club’s graduate advisor. Amanda choreographed the UP Stages production of Urinetown, and assistant choreographed the Musical Theatre Club’s production of Big Fish. She recently directed a staged reading of the musical Pins and Needles, and served as one of the directors for this year's Freshman Showcase.

During the summer of 2014, Amanda worked as an Instructor of Acting with the New York Film Academy. She taught Voice and Movement, Monologue Techniques, and Audition Techniques. From 2012–2014, she worked as a photopass photographer for Disney. In the summers of 2010 and 2013, she acted with the Keystone Repertory Theatre at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.