Amanda Wilkinson

amanda wilkinson development associate american shakespeare center
Development Associate
Favorite Shakespeare play:

Comedy: The Merchant of Venice Tragedy: Othello

Shakespeare character that best describes me:

Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Favorite Shakespeare quote:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.  Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove…
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

All-time favorite ASC moment:

Watching a Student Matinee of The Merchant of Venice; amid the complete, horrified silence in the moment when Shylock raises his knife to cut Antonio, one student audibly gasped, covered her eyes, and fully expected that blood would be shed. In that moment, a room full of 300 middle schoolers found themselves in a 16th-century Venetian courtroom, with a man’s life hanging in the balance before their eyes. The actors, the words, and the Playhouse had transformed and transported them.


Amanda began working at the ASC in June 2016 as their first-ever Development Associate. During her time in this position, she has enjoyed creating beautiful centerpieces and designing special exhibitions for the ASC’s Annual Gala. She has also helped optimize the Development team’s use of PatronManager by implementing and updating reports, developing processes to ensure data accuracy, and studying for the PatronManager Certified Administrator exam.

Amanda holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University and her chapbook, Little Human Relics, was published in May 2016 by Unsolicited Press. She is the recipient of a Jackson Fellowship and a Teaching Fellowship from Hollins University, as well as the Gertrude Claytor Prize in Poetry from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have been published on, in The Sycamore Review, Sugar House Review, Flock, Silver Birch Press, The New Territory, Artemis: A Journal for Artists and Writers from the Blue Ridge Region and Beyond, and Jam Tarts Magazine. Her essays have appeared in AAAA Magazine and The Morning News. She also holds BA degrees in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, and studied Early Modern Literature and Drama at Pembroke College, Oxford. In addition to writing, Amanda owns a historical costuming company, The Bodice Babe, and enjoys making custom historical garments for clients all over the world. She lives in Buchanan, Virginia with her husband Chris and their French Bulldog, Gaston.