Amy Uhl - Columbia College Chicago

Amy Uhl

Associate Professor

auhl@colum.edu

Biography

Amy Uhl, Associate Professor

Musical Theatre Coordinator

Amy came to Columbia College in Fall of 2007 and has enjoyed a career in the theatre industry for over 25 years. In Fall 2014, Amy was awarded the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership for the Broadway in Chicago production of the new musical, Amazing Grace. Subsequently, she was invited to join the 2015 Broadway company to assist Director, Gabriel Barre on the production and was Associate Director for the 2018 National Tour. Chicago theatre credits include Director/Choreographer, Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore at The Savoyaires, Choreographer for Street Tempo Theatre Company’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, Oh Boy!, and State Street, directed by Sheldon Patinkin at City Lit Theatre Company. She also directed and co-wrote Let’s Face the Music & Dance starring Chicago Cabaret artist, Robert Whorton. Additional Columbia College credits include: Director, High Fidelity, Get On Your Feet, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Violet, Choreographer for Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, Victor/Victoria, Michael John LaChiusa’s Bernarda Alba & The Wild Party, Pirates of Penzance, Romeo & Juliet and Director/Choreographer for A Christmas Carol where she is Associate Professor and a Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program.

Her national regional credits include: Guest Choreographer for Seussical, the Musical at her alma mater, Jacksonville State University, the east coast debut of Don’t Hug Me at NJ Repertory Company, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Surflight Theatre. Directing projects include Pirates of Paradise New Year’s Extravaganza at the famed Atlantis Resort, and Oklahoma! at The Orpheus Theatre. Additional Choreography credits include Hello, Dolly! starring Coleen Zenk, Guys & Dolls starring Eddie Mekka, Oklahoma! starring Sandy Duncan, Bye Bye Birdie starring Priscilla Lopez, as well as A Chorus Line where Amy also played Cassie opposite Peter Scolari. As a world traveler, Amy has worked as Director/Choreographer for Morag Productions staging cruise ship reviews for Cunard, Royal Olympic and Saga Cruise Lines. A career highlight includes an award winning production of A Chorus Line at Union County Arts Center in New Jersey. This production was awarded ‘Best Revival’ by Peter Filichia’s ‘Top Picks’ of the season.

As an actress, Amy played Hunyak in Chicago starring John Davidson and Gertie in Oklahoma! starring Sandy Duncan both at Cherry County Playhouse. Amy has appeared in six regional and touring productions of A Chorus Line performing the roles of Cassie, Sheila, and Bebe under the direction of Dennis Edenfield, Mitzi Hamilton and Baayork Lee. Additional regional credits include Charity in Sweet Charity, Velma in Chicago, & Anita in West Side Story to name a few. In addition to her work as an actress, singer, dancer, director, choreographer and teacher, she has also been a part of the hair and make-up teams for the following Broadway companies: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up, Little Women starring Sutton Foster, 42nd Street starring Shirley Jones, Dracula, Sly Fox starring Richard Dreyfuss, and Spamalot.

Amy continues to work as a freelance Director/Choreographer & holds Master Classes at studios nationwide. She has also been on faculty at STEPS on Broadway in NYC, New Jersey School of Ballet, Ithaca College, and Wagner College. She currently serves as Musical Theatre Coordinator of the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Instructional Areas

Theatre, Music, Dance, Service Learning

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Decade Dance Styles, Historical & Cultural influences of Dance, Leadership in the Arts

Degrees

B.A., Drama Jacksonville State University 1984