Amy Herzberg is Head of the BA and MFA Acting programs for the U of A's Theatre Department. She has extensive professional credits as actor, director, and musical director, including La Jolla Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, and resident acting company member with San Diego Repertory Theatre. Amy has directed over 30 productions for the U of A, including most recently Kin, 33 Variations, Up, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Doubt. Amy served as coach for U of A students in the Kennedy Center ACTF Irene Ryan competition. In fifteen years of coaching, seven of her students were selected as national finalists and went on to perform at the Kennedy Center. Two of her students won the national acting competition and one received the national best partner award. Amy is associate artistic director and co-founder of TheatreSquared, a professional Equity theatre in Northwest Arkansas with a $1.3 million annual budget, which was recently recognized by the American Theatre Wing as one of the top ten emerging theaters in the country. For TheatreSquared, she has directed One Man, Two Guvnors, Good People, Bad Dates,’Twas the Night, The Last Five Years, Moonlight and Magnolias and Next to Normal. She appeared in T2’s world premieres of My Father’s War—a play about her father’s experiences in WWII—and The Spiritualist, as Gertrude in Hamlet, and in numerous roles for the Arkansas New Play Festival. In April, Amy will be reprising her role in The Spiritualist at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston. Recent work on new plays includes directing for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers' Project and acting for the Blank Theatre (Los Angeles), New Harmony Project (Indiana), New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre J (Washington DC), Cambridge University, and English Theatre Berlin (Germany).
Amy regularly teaches graduate and advanced undergraduate classes in acting. Courses include Acting Studio, Meisner, Modern Styles: Chekhov and Pinter, Audition Techniques, Comedy Improvisation, and Musical Theatre Performance.
MFA, Acting,California Institute of the Arts
B.A., Theatre, Arizona State University.
Amy has received numerous honors for her work, including the Kennedy Center’s ACTF National Acting Teacher Fellowship (2003), U of A’s Charles and Nadine Baum Teaching Award (2005), Fulbright College Master Teacher Award (2013), the Governor’s Arts Award (2013), and the Arkansas Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship for Directing (2014). Amy is a member of the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy. She is also national Co-Chair of The Craftsmen of Dionysus, A Society of Acting Teachers.
She has been recognized as as one of 25 Visionary Arkansans by the Arkansas Times, honoring Arkansans whose ideas have had transformative impact on life in Arkansas.