Amani Dorn -  Resident Artist

PCPA (since 2013): Hannah Jarvis, Arcadia; Esmeralda, The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Eliza, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence; Ms. Meyers/Officer Sitz/Adam’s Mom, Freaky Friday; u/s Francine/Lena, Clybourne Park

Other Theatres: The Pear Theatre, Intisar, Veils; New Swan Shakespeare, Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Trix, The Drowsy Chaperone; Sour Kangaroo, Seussical: The Musical; Claire Trevor School of the Arts: The Woman, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi; Belle / Mrs. Cratchit / etc., A Christmas Carol; Second Leader, After Troy; Estelle Hohengarten, The Rose Tattoo; Shakespeare by the Sea: Silvia, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet; Gretna Theatre, Emma, Funny Girl; Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Zach Scott Theater: Martha/Supremes etc., Beehive, The 60’s Musical; Radio 2, Caroline, or Change; Apostle/Soul Girl, Jesus Christ Superstar; Usherette, The Rocky Horror Show

National Tour: Storm/Ensemble, Marvel Universe Live!

Film/TV: Wisdom of Children, Hair Dues

Training: Bachelors of Journalism: Broadcast Journalism, University of Texas, Austin; MFA in Acting, UC Irvine

Teaches: 1st Year Acting

Member, Actors’ Equity Association



Teaching Philosophy

I teach what is in front of me.

I think of my classroom as a living laboratory; a space to play and experiment in which we all discover, explore and refine the techniques that are useful to us as storytellers, individual artists and as scene partners. Whether teaching Acting, Voice, Movement or otherwise, I strive to facilitate a safe and positive environment where students can trust and bring their whole selves to their experience. With open and observant minds, prepared bodies and adventurous imaginations, I believe we can uncover our practically limitless potential as artists, and I am always grateful to be a guide to discovery.

I love teaching and coaching because I love helping people break out of the box. Most of us up grew up in a society in which we were given pretty strong clues as to what a "normal" human looks and sounds like and therefore either grew up in that box or in comparison to it. But real humans don't fit neatly into boxes. So I want to crack open that box and play one small part in telling stories that as authentically as possible reflect the actual beautiful diversity of human stories that exist (or animal stories, or alien stories, or superhero stories...you know what I mean), and am grateful for any opportunity to do so.