Amy Weinstein Founder and President of Students Live, Inc. has been developing, creating, marketing and producing education programs in conjunction with Broadway shows since 1998.
A leader and pioneer in curriculum based standards and exciting and educational custom designed workshops and presentations. Amy is recognized for her highly effective creative presence within public and private schools nationwide. Ms. Weinstein served as Education Director of Tony Randall's Not-For-Profit Broadway National Actors Theater (NAT) for the past seven years, until Mr. Randall’s death.
She has been dedicated to arts and education for the past twenty years. Graduating from New York University with a degree in theater and communication, she began her work early on as a theatrical talent agent and casting director in Hollywood. Due to her expertise and comprehensive focus on education, she was asked to teach acting to at-risk teenagers with Jean Stapleton's foundation, The Academy of Performing and Visual Arts in East Los Angeles.
From Amy’s work with artistically talented and gifted young people, she co-wrote and directed a musical play entitled Second Chance, which toured as an Equity TYA contract to over 350,000 students in California and surrounding states. National mental health experts recognized the play as an inspirational arts model for crisis intervention, suicide prevention and interpersonal issues amongst teenagers at risk throughout the country. WGBH/PBS commissioned it for adaptation to teleplay in 1996. Ms. Weinstein served as a producer on the project. She also traveled and spoke internationally to world class competitive athletes, teaching presentation and interpretative performance skills.
Ms. Weinstein continued to teach in the New York area as an improvisation and acting teacher at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy as a senior member of the faculty, directing graduation showcases for international musical theater students from around the world. Ms. Weinstein has created study guides and workshops in conjunction with NAT's Broadway shows for 46 New York City Public Schools specially selected to receive, free of cost, NAT's education programs and to experience the classics on Broadway. Recent shows have included, Judgment at Nuremberg, starring Maximillian Schell, The Gin Game, starring Charles Durning and Julie Harris and Night Must Fall starring Matthew Broderick. She hires, trains and develops these programs with experienced teaching artists and professionals in the theater, education and film communities and builds bridges for students in New York to experience the comprehensive, interdisciplinary, social, cultural, political and personal values of theater.
She currently works as a writer, director and producer both on and Off-Broadway and createdStudentsLive Inc. for the sole purpose of facilitating the large demand for her programs and services. Her programs have gained national print and electronic press attention including Court TV, CNN, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, CBS and local media outlets for their educational, entertaining and artistic value. Her excellent relationship with leaders in the cultural, social and political communities has helped tie the Broadway community into new audiences and inspire a greater understanding of the importance of theater arts in young people's lives.