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Amy Thompson is a Washington, DC area actress, director and teaching artist.

She teaches drama to students in grades K-12, and specializes in the works of William Shakespeare.

Work experience

Duties: teach workshops on Shakespeare in fifth grade classrooms; develop materials used in the program, including an informational handbook, DVD, and scripts for in-class demonstrations; lead theatre games and exercises; design and build costumes; design and build props; hire fight director; abridge and co-direct a Shakespeare play, starring fifth graders, in original language. Productions include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Macbeth,  As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Romeo and Juliet.


Teaching Artist, Shakespeare Steps Out

Folger Shakespeare Library

Duties: lead classes in District of Columbia and Prince Georges County Public Schools on Shakespeare's life, times, language and work; assist teachers in preparing their students to perform at the Folger's Children's Shakespeare Festival through lessons on acting, blocking, voice, movement and text interpretation; act as Mistress of the Revels for the Children's Shakespeare Festival.


Drama Instructor

Encore Stage & Studio

Duties: teach weekly acting classes for grades K-8; develop curriculum for classes; lead theatre workshops; direct and teach at summer drama camps for ages 8-14; develop curriculum and materials for camp.



Folger Shakespeare Library

Duties include teaching visiting school groups (grades 3-12) about Shakespeare and Elizabethan Theatre; leading public tours; manning information desk; working at student festivals and Shakespeare's Birthday Open House; designing informational book project.

Sep 2013Nov 2013

Director, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"

Encore Stage & Studio

Duties: direct a 1-1/2 hour theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, including devising design concepts; overseeing design and production team; casting; fight choreography; hiring movement consultant; and directing the cast at regular and technical rehearsals. Photos from the show (by Larry McClemons) and links to reviews appear in the sidebar. named it one of the Best Children's Theatre Productions of 2013.

Dec 2012Mar 2013

Director, True Colors

Jamestown Elementary School

Duties: direct a 30-minute theme theatre musical production which celebrates individuality; mentor a group of high-school-aged student directors.


Odyssey of the Mind Coach

Nottingham Elementary School

Duties included guiding teams of children as they solved long-term creative problems and presented their solutions, in the form of a play, in competition; training teams to solve problems spontaneously; teaching performance skills, artistic skills, and critical thinking skills. The 2007/8 team, composed of fourth and fifth graders, became Regional and State Champions and competed at OM World Finals at the University of Maryland.


Director, Knights @9

Nottingham Elementary School

Duties: develop format for weekly in-house news broadcast; write show scripts; train and rehearse students news crews; coordinate adult staff; direct 5-10 minute live broadcast with media.


Christina Frank

"[Amy] was nothing less than outstanding. She taught a diverse schedule of theatre that ranged from Shakespeare to Improv, and made the material simultaneously fun, educational, and accessible. She was creative with her ideas, and if something wasn't working she adapted her lesson plan accordingly.... Amy is talented, patient, smart, creative, easy to be around, and adaptable."

Shakespeare Songs for Children

A Midsummer Night's Dream

As You Like It

Shakespeare Mashup