Theatre Graduate Office, Room C1B86
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Amanda Rose Villarreal is a teaching artist, intimacy choreographer, director, performer, immersive artist, and activist.
For the last eight years, she has been devising and creating immersive theatre with companies such as the Texas Renaissance Festival, Motus Theatre, and American Immersion Theatre’s Touring Company. Her 2017 production of It Happens Here, which was created with survivors of sexual assault, toured four Colorado University campuses, and she completed a devising residency at Toynbee Studios in London during October 2018. In 2019, she designed the immersive experience for ACLU’s National Tour at Stanley Marketplace in Denver, and worked as the assistant director for Virtue of Reality, the XD department’s inaugural cohort production.
As an intimacy choreographer, Amanda Rose works as a Graduate Assistant Faculty with Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE). Her focus on staged intimacy and consent in production practices led her to establish the Rocky Mountain Artists’ Safety Alliance (ASA), where she is working to codify best practices for the creative community within Colorado. Her personal research investigates current practices regarding intimacy within performance and their impact upon participant agency, as well as focusing on the intersections of immersive theatre, education, and social justice.
Amanda Rose currently uses applied theatre and high fidelity emotional improvisation to train police officers, lawyers, educators and counselors to use effective communication and de-escalation techniques during crisis intervention, as well as facilitating conflict management workshops throughout the state of Colorado. She works as an experience designer, crafting immersive experiences and personal development learning opportunities with the counselors at The Invisible Maze in Denver.
Amanda Rose has a BA in Theatre and a BA in Education from St. Edward’s University, and she earned her MA in Theatrical Production with a focus in Applied Theatre from Central Washington University. A third year PhD student in the Theater and Performance Studies Department, Amanda Rose is also a Thomas Edwin Devaney Graduate Fellow, a member of CLASP, President of CU enACTs, Managing Editor of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, and a member of the 2019-2020 cohort of Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholars.