LTA Class Instructors - Meet Rich Amada

What’s your background?   What do you want us to know about you? Inspired by the example of America’s first “Renaissance Man”—Benjamin Franklin—I have a background speckled with various professions and avocations. Among the elements of my personal history, I’ve been a TV news reporter, a playwright, a marketing professional, an actor, a lawyer, a published author of both fiction and nonfiction, and a teacher of dramatic scriptwriting. How long have you been teaching at LTA?   How did you get involved at LTA? I’d acted on LTA’s main stage prior to my joining its faculty. I started teaching dramatic scriptwriting there in 2011. It came about when I was talking with a friend who had long-time ties to LTA, and he told me that he couldn’t recall a time when the theatre had offered classes in playwriting. He suggested I contact the board president to inquire as to whether LTA would be interested in having me teach playwriting classes. I did. The president directed me to then Governor o

The Revolutionists- meet cast member Melanie Kurstin!

What made you want to be a part of this show? First off, I have been very interested in getting to work with LTA knowing the amazing work they have put on over the years. Then when I saw Jennifer Lyman and Danielle Guy were on the team, I was even more excited at the opportunity. I had worked with them previously and knew how amazing they were to work with. I knew this play would be in good hands with them at the helm. But, more importantly, I truly did fall in love with the material. In preparation for auditions, I read the whole play and really was taken by it in many ways. Simply put, just the chance to do an all-female play that was powerful, poignant, funny, heartfelt, and gave voices to those we may not know enough about was something I truly was interested in and inspired by, especially in the times we are currently in. Doing a play during the Pandemic is challenging. How has this experience been different than other shows you have worked on? Just the sheer fact that, up u