Meet the Retreatant: Amanda Coffin

23 Jun

Amanda, a dramaturg, joins us from Emerson.  (Hooray for local dramaturgy programs!)

Amanda Coffin is a director, dramaturg, actor, writer, and teacher. Originally from New Hampshire, Amanda has been in Boston since attending Emerson College where she studied directing and dramaturgy in addition to fiction writing.  She currently works at The Mary Baker Eddy Library giving tours, which is a much tamer position than her last museum job at The Witch Dungeon Museum in Salem, MA (puritan dress, re-enactments of witch trials, a really scary, possibly haunted, dungeon!).  She also has a recent interest in American Sign Language and is struggling to become more fluent in this very expressive language.

 

As a dramaturg, Amanda has worked extensively on new works and classic productions.  She recently directed a one-woman show about Zelda Fitzgerald entitled Zelda: Musings from the First American Flapper, which is currently touring libraries and theaters around New England.  She served as dramaturg for Emerson College’s 2010 Rod Parker Award-winning play Paint: Imagining a Love Story of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns which had its world premiere at Emerson and is currently being performed in Los Angeles, California to much acclaim.  Amanda also serves as an artistic adviser for Boston Stage Company and recently co-directed their New England premiere of iLove.  As an actress, Amanda performed opposite her twin sister in the world premiere of The Argument in Newburyport, MA and also spent a summer playing Miranda in an outdoor production of The Tempest.  She had a blast as a cast member of The Awesome 80s Prom: Boston for more than a year.

Amanda loves: her one-eyed cat Monkey, writing depressing fiction, reading classic books that everyone else seems to have read except for her, Jerzy Grotowski and physical theater, attempting to cook, and watching the Red Sox.  She got her BA from Emerson College in Theater Studies (Directing and Dramaturgy) and a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, also from Emerson.

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