Amanda Villareal
Current PhD student
Theater and Performance Studies

Amanda Rose Villarreal is a teaching artist, director, and activist currently pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies. She is deeply interested in the intersection of theatre, cognitive science, and social justice. Her scholarship and her artistry focus on utilizing narrative and performance to interrupt institutional responses to systemic behavior. She investigates the shifts in cultural and individual behavior that occur when an institution’s language and dominant narratives are changed. Amanda Rose currently leads Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) workshops for police officers, teaching communication and de-escalation techniques through performance and the use of interactive narrative construction. Simultaneously, she is a co-founder of the Colorado Artists’ Safety Alliance and Managing Co-Editor of the peer reviewed publication PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research.