Assistant Professor of Performance
Amanda Wansa Morgan has served on the faculty at Ole Miss since Fall of 2012. She has directed Ole Miss productions of Marisol(2014) and Time Stands Still (2013), and music directed Hairspray(2013). Prior to joining the Ole Miss faculty, she spent three years as the Director of Music Education at Charleston Stage, South Carolina's largest professional theater. At Charleston Stage, she served as music director, director, sound designer, dialect coach, music arranger, and/or composer for 28 productions.
Amanda has an MFA in Acting from The University of Central Florida and undergraduate degrees in Music (Voice) and Theatre from the Florida State University. She has worked as a professional actor at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Seaside Music Theater, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Tony and Tina's Wedding (Orlando), and Theatre Southeast (FL). Notable acting credits include Pennywise in Urinetown, Maggie inLend Me a Tenor, and Rona in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee. Amanda has composed original music for productions of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, The Little Mermaid, The Velveteen Rabbit, and August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. She is currently adapting a children’s book called Mary Had a Little Ham into a children’s musical in partnership with the book’s original author, Margie Palatini.
Amanda is an “integrative practitioner” with the One Voice Integrative Studies Centre, run by Joan Melton and Jennie Morton. She maintains a Certificate of Figure Proficiency from the Estill Voice System® as well as memberships with the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), ASCAP, and The Dramatists Guild. Amanda has also served as an improvisational pianist for Theatre99 Improv Theatre (SC), as well as a private voice coach, music arranger and orchestrator, and a jazz pianist/vocalist.