Artistic Associate

Amy Roeder – Athens, GA

Amy Roeder began her career in improvisation at Boston’s acclaimed Improv Asylum theatre, where she was a member of the first main stage cast.  While at the Improv Asylum, Amy worked in their Training Center, eventually directing three graduate revues.  In addition, she directed two expansion shows and had the pleasure of becoming one of the Asylum’s corporate trainers, working with such companies as Cubist Pharmaceuticals and the US District Court.  Following her time in Boston, Amy went on to be a drama therapist in a New York City public school, was an artistic associate with Gotham City Improv (NY), an instructor with the Funny Women’s Fest / East Coast Funny Women’s Fest and led workshops for Arts for All (NYC).  Amy also helped to form and instruct Suffolk University’s improv group, Seriously Bent.  She is currently a columnist for the humor webzine “Moron Life” and hopes that you will check out her articles.  Amy has also been seen on CIF stages twice, first with the Improv Asylum (main stage, 2001) and then on the sketch stage with Men of God in 2005, a group she co-founded.

As a performer, Amy has been seen on HBO’s “Sketchpad” and on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”  She has performed her one-woman show “Only Child” for audiences from New York to Boston to Chicago to Bar Harbor, Maine.  She has had the great good fortune to be part of the cast of Improv Acadia for two summers and recently became an ensemble member of the University of Georgia’s MFA performance group.  Most recently, Amy has been seen as Hecuba in “Trojan Women” and as Lorraine Sheldon in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” both at UGA.

Before leaving Chicago for the Peachtree state, Amy performed with the CIF group “Storybox,” where she delighted in the engaging work of story theatre.  As an instructor at the University of Georgia, she has incorporated many elements of the “Storybox” format into the classes that she teaches and also into the new improv group that she is forming at UGA.  Her continuing focus is on story as performance, which she incorporated into her directing work on the Graduate Acting Ensemble’s performance of Ellen Byron’s “Graceland” earlier this year.  Amy is thankful for the opportunity to be one of CIF’s artistic associates this year.