Amanda J. Nelson

Amanda J. Nelson

Associate Professor - Theatre and Arts Leadership (management, marketing, and development)

Amanda directs the M.F.A. program area in Arts Leadership. Before coming to Virginia Tech, Amanda worked 11 years for the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC, 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.

Contact Me

(540) 231-6029
344 Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Drama, Tufts University
  • M.A., Drama, San Francisco State University
  • B.A., Drama, University of California at Irvine

What is your favorite place on campus? Why?

The rehearsal room in Theatre 101 is a wonderfully bright space and has become one of my favorite places on campus. Why?  I feel inspired and energized when I am working with students in the space.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

When students are so inspired that they challenge themselves to go further and do more than they thought they could.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Appointed Chair, Endowment Fund Committee, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
  • ​Vice President, Lyric Theatre​ Board
  • Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

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