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Amy E.

Stoch
SAG/AFTRA/AEA
aestoch1213@gmail.com

Academic Education_________________________________________________
PhD in Theatre History, Theory, Criticism
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
Dissertation Title: Herbert Blau: Directing a Revolution in American Theatre, 1952-1962
Advisor: Dr. Esther Kim Lee
MA in Theatre History, with distinction
California State University, Northridge, CA
Thesis Title: A Survey of the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Degree in Theatre in American
Colleges and Universities
Advisor: Dr. Ah-Jeong Kim
BA in Theatre, with honors
Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Teaching Experience_________________________________________________
Instructor
AMDA College and Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA: present

Acting for the Camera 1


Intimacy of film acting vs stage acting; technical elements of film acting; camera
skills
Substitute for: Theatre Inception, Dramatic Literature, Audition Techniques

Instructor
Theatre Department, Parkland College, Champaign, IL: 2008-present
Responsibilities for each class described below: developed syllabus clearly defining
learning objectives and student responsibilities; student assessment and advising to ensure
student success in the course; lectures, projects, and assessment tools.
Acting
Vocal and body warm-ups plus improvisation are a part of each session. Projects
include monologues and scene work, with emphasis on understanding the material
thoroughly through table work and written character analysis papers. We finish with
an intro to Meisner technique and a lecture on the business of acting.
Theatre Appreciation (in class and online)
This is a survey course that focuses on theatres place in and importance to our
society through study of the complete mediumjobs, theories, history, and global
perspectives.
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Film Appreciation (Hybrid course)


The main thesis of this course is: How is digital technology changing the art of
filmmaking? We explore the various jobs, genres, and movements with an eye
toward the future of film. Lecture is combined with movie viewing and practical
projects (such as creating their own film) to give students as full an understanding of
film as possible.
Film History (Online course)
From the earliest optical illusion toys to the mega industry of today, I guide students
through the major innovations, innovators, and movements that have evolved film
over its scant 120-year history. Students engage with each other through discussion
posts and power point presentations.

Co-Coach, Competition Trial Teams


College of Law, University of Illinois, 2008-2014

Worked with law students on the effective use of the voice, body language,
presentational skills, and story development.
Video review of client interview sessions for the CFI class

Adjunct Faculty
Theatre Department, Richland College, Decatur, IL

Theatre Appreciation (same criteria as above)

Drama Director
The High School of Saint Thomas More, Champaign, IL (STM)

Directed the fall play, Fall Follies, Madrigal Feast, and spring musical.
Created and organized a series of theatre-related workshops such as lighting,
improvisation, and stage management led by industry professionals.
Created/Directed an improvisation troupe called The Improv-ables. Staged
shows and donated proceeds to Feeding America charity.
Recruitment strategies: improvisation program to middle schools; Madrigal troupe
sang at retirement homes, hospitals, and on television; spring musical cast sang at
local churches.

Teaching Assistant
Theatre Department, University of Illinois

Theatre 101: Introduction to Theatre for non-majors


Lectured twice weekly; implemented projects and exams based on a general plan
developed by the faculty advisor; student assessment; advising.
Theatre 102: Introduction to Theatre for majors
Same criteria as above.
Oral Interpretation
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Lead a 4-week section on oral interpretation of dramatic literature.


Directing
Lead a 4-week section on dramaturgy/study guides.
Dramatic Analysis/Literature of the Modern Theatre
Helped grade papers, conducted lectures in professors absence.
Acting
Taught a 5-week beginning course on Sanford Meisner technique.
Sponsor,The Business of Acting
Senior BFA candidates independent study project
Guided reading, fielded questions, met once a week for an hour of discussion,
and facilitated her final open presentation to the department.

Adjunct Faculty
Theatre Department, California State University, Northridge, CA

Theatre 111: Actors on Acting


An introduction to the art of acting for non-majors, this course focuses on getting
comfortable in a performing atmosphere through improvisation, exercises,
monologues, and scene work. Students learn to give and accept useful criticism
as they gain confidence on stage.

Other Teaching Experience___________________________________________

Volunteer Theatre instructor, Dixie Canyon Elementary School, Sherman Oaks, CA


Implemented theatre program based on California State Artistic Standards for
grades 1-4
Willoughby School of Fine Arts, Willoughby, OH
Taught puppetry and was also a child-wrangler during productions
Dorien Leigh Modeling Agency, Cleveland, OH
Instructorseminars for adults and children on make-up application, runway
and photographic modeling

Theatre Experience__________________________________________________
Artistic Director/Company Manager
Champaign Urbana Theatre Company, Urbana, IL (CUTC)

Duties: budgeting; finances; season reconstruction/selection; fundraising; board


development; volunteers; box office; front of house management;
directing/producing; costuming.
Created a plan for a smaller Second Season program that included a small cast
comedy, a cabaret, improvisation show, and a childrens theatre piece.

Directing
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STAGE
SHORTIES, Green Light Productions, Los Angeles, CA
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, CUTC
STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Parkland College
THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED, Parkland College
THE IMAGINARY INVALID, STM
MUSIC MAN, CUTC
PIRATES OF PENZANCE, STM
PYGMALION, STM
GODSPELL, STM
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, STM
Book in Hand Story Readers Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
RALPH ROISTER DOISTER, Ashland College Theatre, Ashland, OH
FILM
Smile and Nod, student film written by Damir Konjicija
Writing, Producing

Playwright/Actress
A Conversation with Mary, Armory Free Theatre, U of I
Play Adapter/Director
Mrs. Pecks Pudding: A Christmas Romance, Armory Free Theatre, U of I
Created a script using both the original 1840s English story and the 1850s
American play adaptation.
Directed a staged reading using children and adults.
Director
Waiting As Feydeau by Larry McGowan, Armory Free Theatre, U of I
Wrote and directed a commercial break within the main script.
Producer/Director/Actor
Book in Hand Story Readers Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Created holiday themed shows of popular literature and poetry presented in a
choreographed-storytelling format.
Co-Producer, Tangents by Liz Himmelstein, Hollywood

Acting (representative roles)__________________________________________


(Complete filmography can be found on www.imdb.com)
Feature Films
Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure
Bill and Teds Bogus Journey
Summer School
The Little Death
Indendent Films

Missy/Mom Preston
Missy/Mom Logan
Kim
Meredith Hannon
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Leading Ladies
Mimi
Amber Rose
Judy
Television Movies of the Week
Gunsmoke II: The Last Apache
Beth Dillon
Gunsmoke III: To the Last Man

Gunsmoke IV: One Mans Justice

Gunsmoke V: The Long Ride

Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North


Fawn Hall
Television
Dallas
Series Regular
Days of Our Lives
Series Regular
Murder, She Wrote
Guest Star
Matlock

Houston Knights

Star Search 85
Spokes model Semi-Finalist
Theatre
Sisters Lunching by the Seaside
Clytemnestra
Family Life: Minna and the Space People
Minna
Vanities
Kathy
Arsenic and Old Lace
Elaine
A Christmas Carol
Belle; Christmas Past
The Importance of Being Ernest
Gwendolyn
Bye, Bye, Birdie
Kim
Commercials, Industrial Films, Infomercials, Print work
List available upon request

Professional Training________________________________________________

Jos Quintero Workshops


Los Angeles, CA, six years
Advanced scene study -- Actors Showcase presented in Hollywood under the
direction of Mr. Quintero
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts
New York, NY
Acting (Meisner technique); ballet; jazz; voice; speech (American Standard
Stage); Acting Styles.
A Noise Within Classical Theatre Company
Glendale, CA
Classes in Shakespearean language, monologues, and scene study.
Instructors: Art Manke; Gail Shapiro
Various voice, audition, cold reading, and commercial workshops
Chicago, Los Angeles

Related Experience

Costumer/Sales Representative
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Glendale Costumes, Glendale, CA


Costumer/Box Office Manager/Actress
Lake Erie Repertory Theatre, Painesville, OH
Costumer
Ashland Summer Theatre, Ashland, OH
Project Assistant, The Mid-South California Arts Project
California State University, Northridge
Duties included running the office, organizing workshops and personnel,
accounting, budget, and workshop instructor
Co-founder/Vice President, STOP Child Abuse: A Theatrical Charity
Los Angeles, CA

Teaching Specialties_________________________________________________
Acting

Acting for the Camera

Film History

Introduction to Theatre

Theatre for Young Audiences

Auditioning

Film Appreciation

Theatre History

Dramatic Literature

Asian Drama

Directing

Research Interests__________________________________________________
Acting/Acting Theory
Film History
War

Directing/Directors

Theatre for Young Audiences

Theatre as Micro-History
19th C. American Theatre/Civil

Theatre Pedagogy in Universities and Colleges Jos Quintero

Herbert Blau

Modern Performance of Dated Dramatic Literature

Awards, Honors, Honor Societies, Certificates___________________________

Graduate College Dissertation Travel Grant Award, U of I


Incomplete List of Instructors Who are Rated Excellent, University of Illinois
A university-wide faculty honor based on student evaluations
Wilbur B. Menefee Fellowship in Theatre, U of I
Fellowships, tuition waivers, U of I
Deans Award for Academic Achievement and Service
Outstanding Graduate Student from the Department of Theatre, California State
University, Northridge
Graduate Teaching Certificate
Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois
Workshops included: Test Construction; Assessment of Teaching: Informal Early
Feedback and ICES; Leading Effective Discussions; Handling Difficult Classroom
Situations; Grading: Doing the Best Job You Can Do (Quickly)
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Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, CSU Northridge Chapter


Outstanding Actress in the Department of Theatre, Ashland College, Ashland,
OH
Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theatre Society
Whos Who in American Colleges and Universities
National Honor Society

Language Skills_____________________________________________________
Spanish, beginning speaking and intermediate reading knowledge
French, beginning speaking and reading knowledge

References_________________________________________________________
Esther Kim Lee, Assoc. Prof.
School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
2810 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-6692
eklee@umd.edu
Peter A. Davis, Assoc. Prof.
Theatre
University of Illinois, Urbana/ Champaign
217-333-2371 (theatre office)
padavis@illinois.edu
Steven Beckett, Dir. of Trial Ad.
College of Law, University of Illinois
217-333-5842
becketts@law.illinois.edu
Kay Greene, Managing Partner
ClearPath, LLC
217-840-3640
kay@getaclearpath.com
Joseph Murphy, Lawyer, Past President of CUTC
Meyer Capel Law Firm
217-352-0030
jmurphy@meyercapel.com
Ah-Jeong Kim, PhD
California State University, Northridge
818-677-2667 (office)
818-677-3086 (theatre office)
ah.jeong.kim@csun.edu