Five Minutes with Amanda Huxtable, Head Of Drama & Dance
Why did you become a teacher?
I had been passionate about Drama ever since I could remember but when I finished my undergrad degree I wasn’t sure what I wanted to “be”. Some friends of mine were youth workers at my local church and they asked me to direct a Christmas Nativity play, of course I turned it into an extravaganza! The following year I directed Oliver and that’s when I had my lightbulb moment. I realized that I really enjoyed working with young people and creating magical moments with them on stage. So I went back to uni and completed my teaching qualifications.
What has been your most memorable school production?
Definitely The Trojan Women. I loved this performance because it presented many challenges: performing a play written in 400 BC; the language and imagery; the themes and content; engaging our young contemporary audience; performing the play outside on the Terrace; and of course, directing a live animal! Having a horse was a bit of a highlight too!
Who inspires you as a teacher?
My teaching is inspired by my students. Working with the girls to overcome challenges, create meaningful and original work and developing life skills in young people are outcomes that inspire me, both as a teacher and as an artist.
If you could choose another job what would it be?
If I was to pursue another career it would be in the development sphere. My work with The School of St Yared has certainly piqued my interest and given me the opportunity to learn a lot in this space.
What is something not many people know about you?
That my brother chopped my finger off with an axe when I was 6.
Too many to choose. But if I have to lock something down, then I would choose a lyric sung by the courageous and unique character of Elphaba, in my favourite musical, Wicked.
Everyone deserves the chance to fly.