Summer Institute : Theater : Faculty
The People + Faculty
The Theater program is administered by working professionals from the faculty of the University of the Arts, the alumni of UArts, the vibrant and active Philadelphia arts community, as well as other specialty artists.
Amy Dugas Brown is a director, casting director, audition coach and Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts. She has cast over 80 professional theatre productions (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Wilma Theater). She spent ten seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Arden Theatre Company, where, along with providing artistic stewardship, she designed, developed and helmed Arden's educational programs. She is a project director with the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania's Division of Neuropsychiatry, hiring and directing actors to portray a variety of emotions to create videos and photographs that help researchers examine emotional perception in those with brain disorders. Amy teaches four courses at the University of the Arts (Business of Theatre, Musical Theatre Professional Preparation, Audition Technique and Survey of Theatre). She graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the recipient of the 2006 Ann Shaw Fellowship and a 2007 Pennsylvania Humanities Council grant.
Forrest McClendon is a Tony Award nominee for his Broadway debut as Mr. Tambo in "The Scottsboro Boys," first created at the Vineyard and Guthrie Theaters. Post-Broadway, Forrest reprised the role at the Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Award) and will appear in the London premiere at the Young Vic this fall.
Forrest is currently playing "Othello" at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and conducting workshops in local high schools. Last fall, he played Friar Lawrence in "Romeo and Juliet" at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
Forrest also teaches for the Ira Brind School of Theater at the University of the Arts and the Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University. Forrest is a UConn graduate.