​Amy Pridgen, MFA

​Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre
Amy White, WPU Professor

Amy has traveled the world, performed in front of thousands of people, and has shared her research at national conferences. She’s kind of a big deal.

Before joining the WPU faculty, Amy worked professionally as an actor, producer, choreographer, and director in New York City and across the East Coast. She has competed nationally as an improviser and comedienne and is the co-founder of the ensemble-based theatre company, madCAP collecTIVE NYC. She has a pet cat and a pet lizard named Vivien Leigh and Noodles Vonnegut, respectively. Her favorite hobbies include traveling, yoga, hiking, cooking, and reading. Be sure to connect with her on Instagram!

“Simply put…I love my students!”


  • BFA Musical Theatre, State University of New York at Fredonia
  • MFA Performing Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design

Activities & Honors

  • Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Fraternity

Research & Publications

Amy has presented her research “Collaborative Playmaking: Getting to the Heart of The Heart” across the East Coast, most notably at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Her graduate research entitled “Out of my Head and on to the Stage: A Study in Improvisation” compared past and present improvisational methodologies and the practicality of their use. Her current research work focuses on performance as a reaction to contemporary American politics.

She has been invited to present her research at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Arts and Society Conference at UCLA.