I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”― Audre Lorde
Amanda Masterpaul is a teaching associate and applied theatre practitioner dedicated to weaving social justice, cultural competency, and critical consciousness into the everyday experience. As a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner and artist-activist, Amanda believes in the power of multi-identifying people collaborating in partnership and shared purpose to co-create visions and co-solidify solutions for concrete, social change. Throughout her career, she has worked as a teacher committed to radical pedagogy and community organizer alongside various community partnerships and civic engagement projects.
M.A. Social Justice and Community Organizing, Prescott College
Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies, University of South Carolina
B.A., in Theatre with emphasis in Directing, University of South Carolina
It’s Happening . . . Processing Racism, LGBTQ Oppression, Suicide, Sexual Violence, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Chicago, IL, June 12, 2015
The Transformative Power of Theatre: An Interactive Workshop on the Dismantling of Bully Culture, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Omaha, NE, June 28, 2014
Crossing the Border: Confronting and Analyzing Stereotypes with Underrepresented Youth, with Sheri Hardee, Women’s Studies Conference, University of South Carolina, March 2, 2007
Crossing the Border: Confronting and Analyzing Stereotypes, with Sheri Hardee, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Minneapolis , MN, May 30 – June 2, 2007
Theatre for Social Change & Social Justice
Women’s and Gender Studies
Perspectives on Urban Education, Fall 2009 • Women’s Well-Being Initiative: Creating, Practicing, and Sharing a Border Pedagogy for Youth
- Student Affairs Division Award, Coastal Carolina University, 2019-2020
- Student Engagement Award presented to a faculty member of the university community who most typifies the ideals of student development as advisor, counselor, educator, and friend. Student Achievement Funding (SAF), Coastal Carolina University, September 2017 – June 2020
- “The Lighthouse Project” - a three year-long collaboration between Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Theatre students and participants with Project Lighthouse, a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness. The collaboration culminated in a theatrically devised event engaging audience members in civic dialogue and re-envisioning of the societal structures that perpetuate homelessness in order to transform community through civic engagement.