Amy Ingram graduated from USQ in 2004 with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts and has since been involved as both a director and a performer with various theatre troupes, including Backbone Youth Arts and Switchboard Arts (in association with The Judith Wright Centre). She has also acted as co-director for the National Young Writers Festival and in 2008, began her own theatre company, ‘The Good Room'. Most recently, she starred in Queensland Theatre Company's production of Fat Pig and received a Matilda Award Commendation for 'Best Emerging Artist' in 2010.
A former USQ Children’s Festival cast member herself, Amy was thrilled to be invited back by USQ as the guest director for the 2011 production of Ivy Shambitt and the Sound Machine. Having an understanding of the physical demands placed on the performers, she draws upon her own background in acting to work with the cast and crew in bringing the play to life.
Amy believes in the importance of not forgetting the opinions of those who are often ignored; everybody has something to say, no matter how young or old they may be. She believes that too many plays intended for children become patronising with the assumption that everything must be simple, but with their imagination, children understand much more than they are given credit for.