Program Faculty

Amanda Shank

Amanda Shank is a writer, artist, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She is the Associate Artistic Director of CalArts Center for New Performance.

With a multidisciplinary practice rooted in the interplay between text and image, Amanda has developed projects with CalArts Center for New Performance, the National New Play Network, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Henson Foundation, Circle X Theatre, The Industry, the Prototype Festival, Los Angeles Performance Practice's LAX Festival and many more. She has presented work at venues such as the Ace Hotel DTLA, the Hammer Museum and Automata Arts. As a playwright, her work has been published in the U.S. and translated internationally.


Amanda has also worked extensively as a dramaturg, helping to develop both traditional and experimental performance works on a national and international scale. She frequently pursues alternative methods of dramaturgical investigation, such as visual dramaturgy, opening pathways of engagement into a diverse range of performative modalities.

Amanda received her BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College and her MFA in Writing for Performance from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).