Dr. Amanda Nelson

Virginia Tech

Faculty, MFA in Theatre in Arts Leadership
Virginia Tech

195 Alumni Mall
Henderson Hall (0141)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
United States

Amanda directs the M.F.A. in Arts Leadership at Virginia Tech. She joined the faculty there in the fall of 2013 after working 11 years for the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, where she oversaw membership programs, government relations, corporate sponsorships, and foundation support.

Prior to joining Ailey, she worked in marketing and educational outreach. At IBM, she was part of a web marketing team; at the non-profit Girls Incorporated, she designed and implemented arts programs for inner-city youth; and at Young Audiences of the Bay Area, she worked in outreach and marketing. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts University, an M.A. in Drama from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California at Irvine. Amanda has written on a range of theatre topics, regularly presents at conferences, and is a freelance theatre reviewer for The Roanoke Times.