AMY OAKESON

Producer, Director, Founding Partner

Amy Oakeson has dedicated her life to working with young people, and is an award-winning producer and director. She is excited to begin her journey as a founding member of Rise Up Children’s Choir.

Amy is currently a faculty member of the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre. She began her career at the U of U in 1999 as education director of Youth Theatre at the U, and was promptly promoted to artistic director, a position she held until 2006. While artistic director, Amy commissioned and produced many new Theatre for Young Audience works by playwrights such as Cherie Bennett (A Heart Divided, Reviving Ophelia), Sandra Fenichel Asher (Romeo and Juliet–Together (and alive!) at last, Family Matters) and Glenn Brown (The Monster Spider). She received the highest honor from the American Alliance for Theatre in Education, Youth Theatre Director of the Year, in recognition of her work with YTU. From 2010 to 2014 she served as the Department’s Project Coordinator, facilitating all marketing and communication, as well as education outreach.

Amy also works with the U of U’s Tanner Dance Program as an acting coach for Elevate Theatre Company, a musical theatre company for actors with disabilities; and as a drama specialist, teaching classes in creative drama and creative dance to children ages five through eighteen.

As the producing director and a member of the board of directors of the internationally-renowned One Voice Children’s Choir from 2014 to 2017, Amy was responsible for all aspects of production for both live and video performances including OVCC’s appearances on the 9thseason of NBC’s America’s Got Talent through the quarter-final round at Radio City Music Hall; Holidays at the White House for President and First Lady Obama; and their international tour to France sponsored by Historic Programs and the US Department of Defense. Music videos produced and/or directed by her for OVCC have received over 100,000,000 views on YouTube. In 2018, Amy received the award for “Best Music Video Director” and “Best Music Video Cover,” and was a finalist in the categories of “Best Production Design” and “Best Music Video” from the Utah Music Video Awards for her work with OVCC.

Previously, Amy was the artistic director of J*Company at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, CA, and an instructor for the prestigious San Diego Junior Theatre. She also worked as the assistant to the artistic director, Michael Greif (director of Rent and Dear Evan Hansen) at the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse.

Amy holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Utah and an M.A. in Child Drama from San Diego State University. She is near completion of her M.F.A. from the University of Idaho in Theatre Pedagogy.