​Amy Pridgen, MFA

Associate Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre

Amy has traveled the world, performed in front of thousands of people, and has shared her research at national conferences. She’s kind of a big deal.

Prior to joining the WPU faculty, Amy worked as a professional actor, choreographer, and director in New York City and across the East Coast. She is a nationally award winning improviser and the co-founder of madCAP collecTIVE NYC. Her research, which is primarily in collaborative playmaking and sociopolitical contemporary theatre, has been presented nationally and internationally. Amy is an active member of the Raleigh arts community as a director, actor, choreographer, and educator through institutions such as Raleigh Little Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre, Arts Access Inc., and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

“Simply put…I love my students!”


  • BFA Musical Theatre, State University of New York at Fredonia
  • MFA Performing Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design

Activities & Honors

  • Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Fraternity (APO)
  • 2019 Recipient for the Bingham Award for Campus Excellence
  • Chatham Life & Style 2018- BEST PLAY winner- The Revolutionists (Raleigh Little Theatre)
  • Broadway World 2019 – BEST PLAY nominee- The Revolutionists (Raleigh Little Theatre)
  • Broadway World 2019- BEST MUSICAL nominee- Beauty and the Beast (William Peace University)
  • Broadway World 2019- BEST MUSICAL nominee- Hair (William Peace University)
  • Chatham Life & Style 2020- BEST ACTOR winner- This Wonderful Life (Raleigh Little Theatre)

Research & Publications

  • Hodge, M., Newhouse, W., and Pridgen, A. “Horse Depictions in Equus: Stage Versus Screen,” in Mythological Equines in Film, Rachel L. Carzo (Editor). Wilmington: Vernon Press. Accepted Chapter Proposal. 2022
  • Hodge, M. and Pridgen, A. “Feminism through Taymor’s Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” in A Critical Companion to Julie Taymor, Phillip Grayson (Editor). Lexington Press. 2022. In progress.
  • “Lore versus Fact: Cultural Narratives in Outdoor Drama of Central Appalachia” in the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Accepted article. MDPI: Arts 2022. In progress.
  • “Collaborative Goal Setting for Directors”
    2019-2020- Presenting at the Southeastern Theatre Conference 2020
  • “The Mutual Impact of Performing Arts and LGBTQIA Legislation: an Analysis of HB2”
    2016-2017- Presented at the Arts and Society Conference at the Pantheon- Sorbonne
  • “Collaborative Playmaking: Getting to the Heart of the Art”
    2015-2016- Presented at the Southeastern Theatre Conference 2016