Amanda Wansa Morgan
Coordinator of Musical Theatre
Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies
Amanda Wansa Morgan serves as Coordinator of Musical Theatre & Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University. She joins the KSU faculty after serving on the faculty at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) for three years. Amanda teaches classes in musical theatre performance, musical theatre voice, acting, and musical theatre history and literature. At Ole Miss, she directed productions of Marisol, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Time Stands Still as well as music directed Hairspray and The Spitfire Grill. 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, serving as music director, director, sound designer, dialect coach, music arranger, and/or composer for 28 productions. She has also music directed professionally at Playhouse on the Square (Memphis), Post Playhouse (Nebraska), and Osceola Center for the Arts (Orlando).
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). 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 freelance private voice coach, music arranger/orchestrator, and a jazz pianist/vocalist.