Amy Elizabeth Munz
Amy Elizabeth Munz is the founder and Creative Director for The New Stage, Inc. A performance and multimedia artist with 16 years of experience, Munz has conceived and produced two full length performances in the past two years.
The first was a piece she wrote, Being Antigone, and for which she was awarded a Northwestern University Struble Lab Grant. This piece interwove live performance with a three video screen installation. The show’s success in experimenting with a powerful new form is thanks in part to the direction of Henry Godinez, the advice of prominent national theater artists including Michael Rohd, and collaborations with a talented group of music, art, and film students.
Her second show, “PATTERNS: For some reason, it really tickled me.” was an exploration on love that was staged in San Francisco at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion and also used video installation art. PATTERNS received critical acclaim from the San Francisco Bay Guardian, saying “The New Stage's premiere of company founder Amy Munz's solo work is one of the more intelligent and sophisticated debuts (by both a new company and a young artist) in recent memory”.
Her work investigates a new frontier of narrative space, standing on the hybrid terrain of performance and experimental film. She uses multiple channels of video to sensitively expand the performance of a body into a colorful landscape of archival and contemporary digital content. Digital and analogue combine together for an awe-provoking and intimate exploration of the mind.
Munz graduated from Northwestern University’s Theatre Department summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication and a Distinction in Theatre. Artistic training includes 10 years with the American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory in San Francisco (which includes acceptance into their international program with Theatre Royal Bath, England) —plus Munz has attended the rigorous and selective programs at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, the Tisch Graduate Acting GASP Program, National High School Institute (Cherubs) Theatre Arts Division, San Francisco School of Digital Film, and Theatre Studies for the French Baccalaureate.
Recognition and awards include: Alumni Artist in Residence and Visiting Artist for the senior International Baccalaureate theater class of International High School, Northwestern U. Dean’s List 2010-2012, French Baccalaureate with Honors, International High School Valedictorian, Distinguished Young Artist Award from A.C.T., Back-à-Dos Theatre Artist Award, Excellence in French Theatre, one President’s Award for Educational Excellence signed by President Obama and another by former President Bush.