Amanda Wansa Morgan

Music Director - Director - Actor - Educator

Bio & News

Music Director,  Hairspray , The University of Mississippi 2013 [photo cred. Michael Barnett]

Music Director, Hairspray, The University of Mississippi 2013 [photo cred. Michael Barnett]

NEWS

OUT NOW!

Amanda is the author of book chapter “Women in CCM (Contemporary Commerical Music) in the Rowan & Littlefield book So You Want to Sing Music by Women.

CLICK HERE FOR AMAZON LINK TO SO YOU WANT TO SING MUSIC BY WOMEN

Yea Sara Barielles!

Yea Sara Barielles!

In Summer of 2018, Amanda Music Directed and Piano/Conducted The Color Purple for Actors Express Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA. After a successful run, Amanda won a Suzi Bass Award for Music Direction! The show also won Best Overall Production: Musical

Credit: Actors Express

Credit: Actors Express

Spring 2019 brought the epic musical RAGTIME at Kennesaw State University, which Amanda directed. A cast of 40, an orchestra of 14, and a tale of millions.

OLD NEWS

In December of 2018, Amanda joined Synchronicity Theatre as Music Director for A Year with Frog and Toad! She then hopped over to the Atlanta Lyric to Arrange and Music Direct Your Happy Holiday - a successful holiday extravaganza!

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IN Fall 2018…

Amanda helped out as Vocal Director for her favorite musical of all time, Parade. Produced by The Wallace Buice Theatre Company in Marietta, GA - where the story of Parade takes place. 

BROADWAYWORLD ARTICLE ON PARADE

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BACK IN 2017….

2017 was a very busy year!  Amanda started the year working on the Alliance Theater world premiere of Cinderella & Fella as a Music Assistant, transcribing & copying new music for the production!

2017 also brought music direction projects at:

Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Jesus Christ Superstar)

photo courtesy of Jennie T. Anderson Theater®

photo courtesy of Jennie T. Anderson Theater®

Six Flags Over Georgia (Can't Stop the Feeling Revue)

Actors Express (Little Shop of Horrors)

photo courtesy of Actors Express®

photo courtesy of Actors Express®

Poster design: Stephanie K. Tobacco

Poster design: Stephanie K. Tobacco

In Fall of 2017, Amanda had the privilege of directing Heathers The Musical at Kennesaw State University.  

"The entire ensemble, led by director Amanda Morgan, really does shine in this show. The cast remains versatile in managing multiple roles, manipulating set pieces and, most importantly, being bitchin'..." - BroadwayWorld

"With the number of seasoned performers that Kennesaw State University churns out of its undergraduate Theatre and Performance Studies department, you might expect that their shows are top-notch. Your assumption would be correct. " - BroadwayWorld

Complete BroadwayWorld Review of Heathers

 

2016

Back in Fall 2016, Amanda had the honor of working as a music assistant on the world premiere & Pre-Broadway run of The Prom at the Alliance Theater, followed by her work as music director of Courtenay's Cabaret, also at The Alliance.  She also directed A Man of No Importance at Kennesaw State University. 

In Spring 2016, Amanda was seen onstage at Kennesaw State University as the Adult Female roles in Spring Awakening, then served as director and music director for The Atlanta Lyric's production of Seussical Jr!

2015

Amanda spent the Summer of 2015 at Post Playhouse in beautiful Northwestern Nebraska, serving as Music Director & Assistant MD for 5 musicals, in repertory!  She music directed Grease, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and All Shook Up, and played 2nd keys for A Man of No Importance and Cinderella.  

 

BIOGRAPHY

Originally from San Diego, California, Amanda Wansa Morgan is a professional music director, director, and actor based in the Atlanta, GA area since 2015.  She serves as the Coordinator of Musical Theatre and Assistant Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University where she teaches courses in musical theatre performance, acting, voice, and musical theatre history and literature.  Prior to joining the faculty at KSU, Amanda served on faculty at The University of Mississippi from 2012-2015 and worked full time at Charleston Stage - South Carolina's largest professional theatre - as the Director of Music Education from 2009-2012, where she music directed, directed, sound designed, and taught numerous types of theatre classes for all ages.  

Since 2009, Amanda has been composing original musical theatre work, having had professional productions of her adaptations of The Velveteen Rabbit and A Christmas Carol fully produced.  She has arranged and/or composed original music for productions of The Piano Lesson, Twelfth Night, Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Don Juan Comes Back from the War

Amanda has worked professionally at a number of regional theatres, which include: The Alliance Theater, The Atlanta Lyric Theater, Actors Express, Synchronicity Theater, Six Flags Over Georgia, Buicentennial Productions, Post Playhouse, Playhouse on the Square, Charleston Stage, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, Theatre Southeast, Osceola Center for the Arts, and Oxford Shakespeare Festival. She is the 2018 Suzi Bass Award Winner for Best Musical Direction for her work on The Color Purple at Actors Express.

Music Direction credits include The Color Purple, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, A Year with Frog and Toad, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Avenue Q, The Wiz, Chicago, Cabaret, All Shook Up, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Grease, The Most Happy Fella, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show, Always Patsy Cline, The Spitfire Grill, Joseph...Dreamcoat, The Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more.  

Direction credits include Ragtime, Heathers, A Man of No Importance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Marisol, Time Stands Still, Bunnicula, Alexander and the Terrible...Day, etc.

Professional acting credits include The 25th Annual ... Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti),  Urinetown (Pennywise), Love's Labours Lost (Princess of France), Tony & Tina's Wedding Orlando (Tina), Ragtime, Beauty & the Beast, The Merchant of Venice, etc. 

 

Photographer: Michael Barnett

Hairspray, The University of Mississippi, Fall 2013

Ragtime photos courtesy of Sydney Lee

Mystery of Edwin Drood photos courtesy of Phillip Waller