Amanda Olmstead

MA '14

Amanda Olmstead

Amanda Olmstead is an active theatre practitioner, instructor, scholar, and PhD student in the theatre arts department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her specialization at Pitt is in choreography. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with a minor in dance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University. At NYU Amanda's final research project looked at how Walt Disney World utilizes various techniques such as architecture, magic band bracelets, and sound to choreograph their guests through their park. She is currently working towards her dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh which will look at innovations in choreography in musical theatre. Her research interests include: musical theatre, dance, choreography, early 20th century German performance, musicology, corporeality, and the Walt Disney Company.


University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D. - Theatre Arts, anticipated 2019

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts - Theatre Arts, minor in Dance

Indiana, Pennsylvania