Theatre & Dance

Kate Amann

Class of 2006
Major/Minor: Drama and English

I always credit my liberal arts education with making me really good at connecting things that don’t seem to have any relation at first look, and at finding the bit of any job or project that interests me.

I currently work on digital content in financial services, which isn’t really my first choice of industry (I’m more of an arts/non-profit lady), but I’ve been able to create projects for myself there that interest me even when the content I’m working with is something I have very little passion for. I think a liberal arts education makes you incredibly creative and adaptable and, with the way the job market is right now, that is a great asset not only to your paycheck but, perhaps more importantly, your sanity. I know I’m definitely a lot happier when I’m able to find a way to connect to something.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

It’s impossible and unfair to make me pick just one.

I remember deciding I was definitely going to be a Drama major when my first CNW class was taught by the three wise men (Dale, Jason and TM). They are all so incredibly different but complement each other perfectly. Working with them together or on their own was always hilarious, motivating, and occasionally life-affirming. Polly’s ever-present cookies, Michele Volansky’s on-point life AND stage advice, Larry teaching me pretty much everything I know about putting things together, taking them apart, and not dismembering myself in the process. Christine Wade being such a rockstar that she made me enjoy political science, which I thought was impossible. Donald McColl’s undying enthusiasm making me wish I’d started Art History courses way earlier. Bennett Lamond’s LEGENDARY Chaucer class. The Gillins fearlessly leading us up mountains. Impressing Bob Day enough to get one of his ties. Corey Olsen’s tremendous sense of fun (jousting and medieval feasts!). I could go on for ages. I loved them all!

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

Again, there are so, so many, but here are a few:

Living in Middle Hall was like one big crazy excellent family. Picnics on the porch, making impromptu videos about King Arthur in the hallway in the middle of the night, and everyone just hanging out with their doors open all the time.

A particularly great day that stands out is when Prof Olsen hosted an all-day marathon of the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings movies in Smith, we had food from all over Chestertown brought in between every disc, and then when it was all over, I had to go to strike for Death of a Salesman which was the Drama Department production for the semester, so all the majors and minors were there and then there was, of course, a party when we were finally finished. It was a super long day but full of great fun and good work and celebration.

Another thing I always miss so much is going to Andy’s for drinks with a bunch of people. It really was the greatest college town bar in the universe. Amazing food, the best bartenders, and that popcorn machine!

Campus Involvement

Kate Amann fulfilled her senior thesis obligation at WC by directing a production of Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Her favorite WC productions include She Loves Me (2003) and Wit (2004), both of which she stage managed. After graduating, Kate moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she did a short stint in publishing at Chambers Harrap and a summer working as the Design and Distribution Co-Ordinator for C Venues at the Fringe. 

Work Experience
  • University of Edinburgh, MSc in Design and Digital Media
  • Bachelor of Arts, Drama and English, Magna Cum Laude
Undergrad Highlights
  • The Stewart Drama Award
  • The Collegian
  • The Medium
  • Washington College Review
  • Performing Arts Center crew
  • Writers’ Union
  • The Writing Center
  • Middle Hall House Council
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows