The investment of working months or years on a project makes it difficult for Amy to identify just one as her favorite – she likens it to having to say which child you love most. But if she had to choose, it would be the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center.
Because in addition to having a passion for theater, there was something special about creating a concert hall, black box theater, scene shop, costume shop and rehearsal spaces – perhaps the opportunity to contribute to that whole “all the world’s a stage” thing. Knowing the community bonds that can be formed through theater and music, Amy finds herself designing “stages” on every campus – imagining an improv troupe performing in a student lounge, or a string quartet of non-music majors holding a recital in an atrium, or a one-act play being presented in a student center ballroom.
Amy’s love of theater was always there – in her 20s she embraced a number of back-stage roles with amateur theater groups, but she was most drawn to designing, building, and painting stage sets. And her daughter seems to be following right in her footsteps through a program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA).
Amy’s love of creating doesn’t always keep her back stage. She finds joy in working with others. Whether it be engaging with students, staff, and faculty to enhance the sense of community in campus spaces, or interacting with engineers, contractors, and consultants to get things done, Amy’s ability to coordinate and collaborate with all kinds partners is no act.
Some other things you might like to know about Amy:
She’s an avid knitter and crocheter – it’s another way Amy is able to weave creativity into her life. She has also shared this outlet with others by teaching at local yarn shops and festivals.
Hiking, camping, and being outdoors with her family are among her favorite ways to spend her spare time.
She has been an AIA member since graduating from college, and she holds both NCARB and LEED AP credentials.