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Educational Theatre Faculty: Amy Cordileone

Amy Cordileone is a graduate from the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, where she earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. She conducted her doctoral field research in northern Uganda during the summer of 2009; in the spring of 2010 she completed her dissertation, Remarkable Disruptions: Dialogues on Teaching and Learning through Drama in Northern Uganda. She received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of California at Irvine. Currently, Amy is an administrator, faculty member, and student-teaching supervisor at NYU Steinhardt.

Throughout her tenure at the university, Amy has been actively involved in the Program in Educational Theatre's Shakespeare Initiative, Theatrix!, and the international forums annually produced in the spring. She directed the Shakespeare Youth Ensemble's production of Two Noble Kinsmen (2009), co-produced An evening of Shakespearean Monologues and Scenes (2010), and is currently directing and choreographing the mainstage show, Alice: The Lookingglass Girl. She curated Instant Gratification: A 24-Hour play Festival (2009 and 2010), The Festival of 10-minute Plays (2009 and 2010), New Plays by Young Playwrights (2009), The Writer's Workshop (2008), and A Producer's Panel: Play Development for Regional, Off-Broadway, and Broadway Theatres (2008).

Additionally, Amy has enjoyed collaborating with the program faculty while designing the costumes for three Educational Theatre productions: The Giver (2009), Kindertransport (2008), and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (2007). Amy also works for the non-governmental organization Invisible Children (IC), primarily based in Uganda and The United States. In 2006, Amy founded The Teacher Exchange. She created the program for Invisible Children in conjunction with NYU, facilitating a study abroad opportunity for students in the Program in Educational Theatre. The Teacher Exchange aims to engender cross-cultural collaboration between international and Ugandan educators, all of whom volunteer their time and energy to the organization. Participants in this program partner in a team-teaching experience to explore educational possibilities in Ugandan classrooms and their individual contexts. Amy's publications include Dialogues of Dirt: An Exploration of Drama in the Curriculum, in Northern Uganda ( in Social Justice in Context, 2008) and Negotiating Aesthetics and Culture (in Concepts in Theatre/Drama Education, forthcoming).