Amy Oakeson

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Amy Oakeson is a specialist in the fields of Child Drama, Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre Education and Musical Theatre History. Ms. Oakeson received her B.F.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Utah, and her M.A. in Theatre from San Diego State University, and is currently completing her M.F.A in Theatre Pedagogy at the University of Idaho.

Ms. Oakeson has been a faculty member with the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre for the past 20 years. Currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor, she began her career with the University of Utah as Education Director of the Youth Theatre at the U Program in 1999. A year later, she was promoted to Artistic Director of the organization, a position which she held until 2006. While Artistic Director, Ms. Oakeson commissioned and produced many new TYA works by playwrights such as Cherie Bennett (A Heart Divided, Reviving Ophelia), Sandra Fenichel Asher (Romeo and Juliet–together (and alive!) at last, Family Matters) and Glenn Brown (The Monster Spider). From 2010 to 2014 she was employed as the Department’s Project Coordinator, facilitating all marketing and communication, as well as education outreach.

Ms. Oakeson also currently works with the University of Utah’s Tanner Dance Program housed in the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center as a director and acting coach for Elevate Theatre Company (a musical theatre company for actors with disabilities), and as a drama specialist teaching classes in creative drama and creative dance to children ages five through eighteen.

Prior to her employment at the University of Utah, Ms. Oakeson was the Artistic Director of J*Company at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, CA. Concurrently, she was an instructor for the prestigious San Diego Junior Theatre.

Ms. Oakeson is an active member of AATE (Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award 2005) and ASSITEJ. In 2011 she was an American Delegate at the Imaginate Children’s Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Ms. Oakeson has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector, most recently serving as a Board Member and as Production/Staging Director for the internationally renowned One Voice Children’s Choir.

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